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With New York hosting the East Coast’s first ASP World Tour event this past September (the richest in history, with $300,000 going to Owen Wright for first place), we can’t help but root on “the world’s greatest city” in its renaissance as an East Coast surfing epicenter.

Of course, that event, coupled with the 4th annual New York Surf Film Festival which followed, brought over 2,500 people in attendance with numerous parties and premieres, to celebrate the wonderful sport of surfing in The Big Apple. Presented by the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA), the NYSFF welcomed international filmmakers, avid surfers, legendary surf photographers, film buffs, and friends to Cinema Village, NYC on September 15th - 17th for a screening of more than 40 films from around the world, as well as intimate Q&A sessions.

Well, the votes are in and the Official Jury 2011 NYSFF Film Awards for outstanding workin both feature and short form film, cinematography, and soundtrack, as well as the viewer’s choice selection, were announced last month.

Congratulations to the winners:

2011 BEST FEATURE FILM AWARD: COME HELL OR HIGH WATER

2011 BEST NOT SO SHORT SHORT FILM AWARD: CHASING THE SWELL

2011 BEST SHORT FILM AWARD: LUNCHBREAK

2011 BEST SOUNDTRACK AWARD: THIRTY THOUSAND

2011 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD: COME HELL OR HIGH WATER

2011 VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD: LOST & FOUND

For more information on the films, check out http://www.nysurffilm.com/. Also check in at http://newyorksurffilmfestival.com/ for 2012 festival details and updates. Continue reading

For our Canadian fans out there, The Canadian Surf Film Festival (CSFF) is getting ready to launch its 2nd annual program next week, September 29 – October 2, 2011.

It started with a handful of local surfers who dreamed of watching surf films, old and new, on the silver screen with their friends. Now in its second year, the CSFF has garnered international press and has established itself as a force in the surf film festival circuit. The CSFF is committed to providing a unique and celebratory forum for local, national and international surf films and surf culture to collide.

The CSFF will feature over 20 films, eight of which will be Canadian premieres. The lineup includes regular length features and shorts, about surf culture as it relates to communities and traditions all over the world, from as near as Halifax to as far off as rural Indonesia.

Film themes vary from environmental conservation to mental health issues, and from anthropology to indie art filmmaking.

Some of the films to note include the Canadian premiere of “Splinters,” which kicks off the festival on Thursday, September 29th. Filmed in Papua New Guinea in a traditional society facing the pressures of modernization, this film tracks events leading up to the first national surf competition. Other films include New York-based professional surfer Mikey DeTemple’s film, “Sight | Sound,” an artistic rendition of surfing in picturesque locales around the world, including Nova Scotia and featuring local surfer Dean Petty, and “The Still Point,” a spiritual look at waves, surf and the connection of all things.

Opening night kicks off at The New Palace (1721 Brunswick Street) on Thursday, September 29, 2011 with hip-hop band Three Sheet, featured in The Coast Magazine’s “Best Of” issue. Local surfer and rock star Matt Mays returns to the CSFF to play at The New Palace on Saturday, October 1, 2011. Last year Mays played a sold out show for closing night. The CSFF closes with the Awards Show at The Seahorse Tavern (1663 Argyle Street) on Sunday, October 2, 2011.

Tickets for screenings and special events are available at all Ticketpro outlets in Nova Scotia and on Ticketpro.ca . Tickets will also be available for purchase in-person starting September 22, 2011 at the Canadian Surf Film Festival Box Office in Park Lane Mall (5657 Spring Garden Road).

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Amsterdam-born photographer and filmmaker, Ari Marcopoulos, is currently exhibiting his latest photographic collection, “Dark Sun” at Nike’s Bowery Stadium in NYC. “Dark Sun,” which opened this week, documents NYC’s incognito surfing community and examines and portrays the lesser seen community of surfers who live in America’s largest urban metropolis.

Marcopoulos, who got his start as an assistant to Andy Warhol when he moved to New York in the 80s, is well-known for his photographic depictions of the diverse and often gritty subcultures of American youth. Artists, snowboarders, musicians and skateboarders have been both muses and commercial subject-matter throughout his quarter century career as a photographer. “Dark Sun,” which was shot on 35mm over just two weeks, takes a raw look at a handful of New York’s surf breaks and the people who ride them.

Marcopoulos’ grainy black-and-white photography set against the sculptural wave installation of the Bowery Stadium, and thoroughly thrashed by members of the local skate and surf community, compliments and is the perfect venue for his latest solo exhibition. Marcopoulos beautifully portrays the calm sense of spirit in his portraiture, highlighting each subject’s strong sense of confidence and enigmatic style of East Coast surfing.

“Dark Sun” will be on display through September 26th. Continue reading

If you’re on the quest to be healthy, check out Surfing and Health, Doc Paskowitz’s insights on how to live a fit and flourishing life. At 90, Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, is one of the oldest living legends of surfing. Renowned as an early pioneer of the sport, Paskowitz was a Stanford-educated physician who gave up practicing medicine for a living, and decided to become a professional surfer after he felt he was living a meaningless, fraudulent life.

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What do you do with your old surfboards? That’s a question Artist/Graphic Designer Chris Anderson wants to pose to the surfing community, himself included. Currently in the process, Anderson, who is finishing his honors year at the University of Wollongong, Australia, chose a project near to his heart: the disposal of surfboards. Continue reading