NEW PODCAST: Risk Tolerance with Chris Burkard


Chris Burkard is at the top of his profession.  With some average equipment and a lot of hours and hard work, he developed a natural talent for communicating the beauty of this place with us.  The work he’s presented within the surf genre comes from extreme terrain and uncrowded line-ups, and his new projects seem to find a collaborative, refined narrative reflecting the maturity of an older, smarter, more efficient artist.  We’re honored to have him share some stories of his recent collaboration with Ben Weiland and Roark, Arc of Aleutia.

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NEW PODCAST: Hail Mary with Balaram Stack

Balaram Stack talked to us about his new project with Ben Gulliver, Hail Mary, due to be released in the fall of 2021.  He shared a gem about taking a beat down in the Caribbean, and Ben thought Bal had disappeared in the Pacific Northwest ocean.  Enjoy the gab.

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June 18 and 19 Programming Announced – We’re Back!

New Smyrna Beach, FL – Florida Surf Film Festival (FSFF), presented by Monster Energy, is proud to announce official selections for the feature and short documentary categories for its first installment of the 2021 festival on June 18th and 19th at Atlantic Center for the Arts, in New Smyrna Beach, with doors opening at 5:00PM, and films beginning at 6:00PM, each night.
Filmmakers, cast, and jurors in attendance include Lisa Andersen, 4-time World Champion of Girls Can’t Surf, and Ashton Goggans, Director, and Patrick Eichstaedt, Editor and Archival Contributor, Andy Irons and the Radicals.

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Both evenings will be accompanied by tacos and poke bowls from our loyal sponsor Clancy’s Cantina, and suds by New Smyrna Brewing Company. We’ll have some giveaways from Firewire, Creatures of Leisure, Roark, YETI, Total Vision, Red Dog Surf Shop, and more! Thanks so much for supporting our mission. LanceO with Kulcha Shok Muzik will be spinning the turn tables…
Check our website for an updated schedule, but here’re our estimated screen times:
Friday, June 18, 2021:
Saturday, June 19, 2021:
  • 5:00PM – Doors open
  • 6:00PM – Commencement with John Brooks, Festival Director
  • 6:10PM –  Maurice Cole: The First Wave by Peter Baker, Dark Hollow by Joe G. and Arc of Aleutia, by Chris Burkard and Ben Weiland
  • 7:30PM – Intermission
  • 8:30PM – Girls Can’t Surf, by Chris Nelius
  • 10:00PM – Q & A with Lisa Andersen
Following Executive Order #21-102 from Ron Desantis dated Monday, May 3, 2021, which suspends all local Covid-19 restrictions and mandates on individuals and businesses, the festival will not require the use of a face covering when inside a building at Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA). This applies to all guests. While impossible to monitor who’s been fully vaccinated and who hasn’t, we respectfully ask that if you haven’t been fully vaccinated, please continue to wear a face covering while inside an ACA building.
If you are experiencing symptoms or you’ve been exposed to someone who’s tested positive or experiencing symptoms, please contact us for a full refund before the date of the event.

NEW PODCAST: The Whole Story with Albee Layer and Dan Norkunas

Albee Layer and Dan Norkunas have been making movies and web episodes together since 2010, and they may have been pulled apart by time and circumstance, but their work continues through the pandemic.  On Maui, Albee continues to generate content and has found himself in the editing bay for long stretches of the day, and in Bend, OR, Dan has gone back to the mountains for some much needed regenerative diversity in setting.  The results are glorious.  Enjoy this chat about the Eddie, Rainbows in the Rearview, and more.

NEW PODCAST: Reconnoiter with Ben Gulliver

From the moment we locked eyes on Ben Gulliver’s work, we fell deeply in love.  He’s not so bad himself, but when offered the opportunity to interview him and beat his ass in golf down in Jupiter, FL, we jumped all over it.  The update and stories are funny and often a little scary when it comes to the Pacific Northwest or Scottish Isles.  Please enjoy.

New Podcast – Life After Hitting Lips with Keith Malloy

What happens after is rarely more exciting than what happens before.  Like Tom Robbins wrote, “…The best part of an affair is going up the stairs,” but Keith Malloy’s affair with surfing didn’t end with hitting lips for points.  He has gracefully moved into the director’s chair for a whirlwind of feature documentary projects including Fishpeople, The Midnight Hour, and his award-winning 2011 bodysurfing documentary Come Hell or High Water, available on YouTube.  Along with a host of other short documentaries, new forthcoming work is in the hopper.  Ever wondered what it’s like to go from professional surfing, well, to anything…  Here’s one fantastic story.

New Podcast – Lick the Red Frog with Scott Balogh

Behind every surf camp, there’s a person with enough spitfire grit to fuel a nuclear submarine underwater for weeks.  He’s like Scott Glenn in Hunt for Red October.  Or Clooney in Oceans.  Scott Balogh runs at flank speed, and the stoke is contagious.  Parked in Bocas del Toro, Panama, he has created a balinese jungle experience, along with a healthy dose of surf to satisfy all levels of skill.  Red Frog Bungalows has been for a while now the first choice for wave consumption in the western Caribbean.  Here’s Scott’s story along with some wonderful encounters along the way.

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New Podcast – Brand Building by Feel with Tyler Callaway

Tyler Callaway, East Coast Surfing Hall of Famer who co-designed and branded FCS into your board, created the Reef Girls campaign, and brought Rusty’s apparel to life, joins us for Episode 11.  From West Hampton, NY, he made his way to California to launch the most influential fin system in surfing history, changing the bottom third of your board forever.  Lately, he co-founded Solite Boots, representing a technical advancement in booties and soon gloves, now third in the market with Pete Mel going all Wave-of-the-Decade wearing Solite on his feet. His adventure continues…

New Podcast: Dark Lord of Irish Surfing with Richie Fitzgerald

Our new podcast features Mullaghmore-charger, candidate for nicest person in the world, and family man, Richie Fitzgerald, who banters with Kevin and John about his days growing up in Bundoran, Ireland, witnessing the growth of surfing in Ireland first-hand from his family’s shop and surf school, Surfworld.  Irish descendant families like the Currens, Malloys, and many more made the pilgrimage, and their Star Wars loving guide put them on the best waves Donegal had to offer. Enjoy, and happy holidays to you and yours…

New Podcast – IT’S TEDIOUS IF YOU HATE IT – Peter Hamblin

 

Peter Hamblin is a SURFER poll and Emmy award-winning filmmaker from South Africa who grunted through ad exec and no pay WCT gigs to start his own London-based production company.  From suit to creative, he’s crafted top quality films and added his unique vision to surf cinema, weaving bar room fables, classic portraits, and world championship quests into glistening gems on the screen. Listen in to his journey, and know that if Peter makes another surf flick in the next couple years, Kevin and John will be the first to host.