10 Years of Surf Movies – Q1 2023 Program Announced

New Smyrna Beach, FL – As we kick off the tenth year of the Florida Surf Film Festival, we are proud to announce the first quarter programming coming up February 4th at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.  Check out our annual Green Room Membership.

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Ben Sturgelewski’s Creation Theory, featuring Pete Devries, kicks off 2023. Whether it’s the grandest cosmos or the smallest human idea, true creation arrives in moments of unexpected convergence — extraordinary synchronicities between space and time, science and art, music and mountains and sea. In Creation Theory, these raw elements converge in the Westfjords of Iceland, taking us on a journey from the interstellar birth of gravity and rhythm, to their ultimate human creative expression: surfer on wave, snowboarder on peak, and musician on stage.

The Impossible Wave by Jessica and Jay Johnson shares the journey of Fernando Aguerre’s 27-year journey to qualify surfing as an Olympic sport.  Jessica and Jay will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.

Rounding out the night, Savage Waters from Mikey Corker and Ghislane Couvillat is a stunning and intimate portrait of modern adventurers as they follow clues left in a 19th century treasure-hunter’s journal to find and ride a mythical wave in some of the most dangerous waters of the Atlantic.

Here’s the anticipated schedule for the night:

February 4th, 2023:

5:00 PM – Doors Open

6:30 PM –

  • 10TH YEAR COMMENCEMENT with John Brooks, Festival Director
  • RAW – The Sound of Teahupo’o – Tim McKenna – 4 min.
  • Creation Theory – Ben Sturgulewski – 22 min.
  • The Impossible Wave – Jessica and Jay Johnson – 40 min.
  • Q & A with Jay and Jessica Johnson
  • Raffle – Roark, Globe, Creatures of Leisure

8:30 PM –

  • Savage Waters – Mikey Corker – 93 min.
  • Raffle – Cronin Surfboards, YETI and more

Recent Podcasts

Tune in for a history lesson from East Coast Surfing Hall of Famer, Kem McNair, and New Smyrna Beach long-time local, David Coffee. They discuss Hobie sponsorship, trailing smoke from freshly resined fin, their first surf shop and board-building venture, near stardom in the music business, and the discovery of the best wave on the east coast of Florida.

Michael Dunphy, a professional surfer based in New Smyrna Beach, has been putting in the time. We have WSL alerts set for his heats. He’s committed, hard-working, and a hell of a nice person. We were lucky enough to sit down with him and cover the ins and outs of sponsorship, the nuance of life trying to qualify for the show, and the occasional unlucky parts of travel.

“Sending it” on a wave could be a good analogy for the outstanding feature film director Mikey Corker just finished. It’s called Savage Waters, and his DIY career leading up to this exemplary work of documenting adventure and exploration is personified by the tone and grit we hear in this interview. The patience required to time an unknown wave in the Savage Islands, sold to the boat captain in an 1891 treasure hunting book, is the stuff of well, movies…. Take a listen to Mikey’s journey from grunt gigs to director to Savage Waters.

Find Surf Stories Podcast wherever you find your podcasts.  We are part of the Surf Splendor Podcast Network.

Presented by Surfing’s Evolution and Preservation Foundation @surfingsevolution@flsurffilmfest @surf_stories_podcast

Find your Surf Stories wherever you find podcasts.

We are proud to have Monster Energy serve as our presenting sponsor again for this year’s festival, providing travel and lodging for the filmmakers who attend the festival.

Podcast Sponsor:  Surfing’s Evolution and Preservation Foundation

Principal Sponsors:  State of Florida Division of Arts and CultureVolusia CountyRoarkYETI, Sun BumSurfline, Anson StonerGlobe Brand Footwear, Valileros Wagner aka The Lawyer Dude and Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Major Sponsors:  Cronin SurfboardsFlorida Virtual SchoolBrian Layman Wealth ManagementRed Dog Surf ShopKembali Board ShackCafé Verde, and Clancy’s Cantina.

NSB Sponsors:  Flaunt Electric BicyclesScott Yurchison Real EstateDaytona Climbing CompanyDragon AllianceLunDev HomesNew Smyrna Beach Brewing CompanyNixonMangrove Bay DesignBiological Consulting ServicesMyEyeDr. – Phil StephensFunxion ITPura Vida BraceletsNSB Spine and Injury CenterBeachside Tavern, Solento Organic Tequila, and Surfrider Foundation Flagler/Volusia.

Media Partnerships include:  SurflineThe Surfer’s JournalSurf Splendor Podcast NetworkBeach GritThe SurfNetwork, American Surf Magazine,and Encyclopedia of Surfing.

Encyclopedia of Surfing provides our historical and archival needs.

February 4, 2023, and June 16-17, 2023, August 26, 2023, and November 10-11, 2023

Entry fee is $5.00.

Submissions for the 2023 festival are open via our website here.

Florida Surf Film Festival Mission:

Florida Surf Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public charity, invigorating surf culture and artistic appreciation by exhibiting contemporary documentary films with surfing as a focus from artist far and wide while also producing a story-driven podcast, literary group discussions, and artistic workshops.