We all want to save the dolphins, and Pro Surfer Dave Rastovich has recently made it his mission, documenting it all in the film, “Minds in the Water.” “Minds in the Water,” a feature-length documentary showing Rastovich’s efforts to protect dolphins, whales and the ocean they all share, will be making it’s New York debut at SMASH FEST 1 this Friday, July 26th at 10:30 PM at Villain in Brooklyn, NY.

Shot by filmmaker Justin Krumb, the film features Dave Rastovich, along with Howie Cooke, Hannah Fraser, Chris De Moro, Isabel Lucas, Will Conner, and Hilton Dawe and follows Rastovich as he embarks on a five-year adventure around the globe on a personal mission to help stop the worldwide commercial slaughter of dolphins and whales. The film captures a moment in a person’s life when apathy is no longer an option.

There are also special appearances by Hayden Panettiere, Ash Grunwald, Mati Waiya, Joel Parkinson, Louie Psihoyos, Jack Johnson, Kelly Slater, Paul Watson, and Xavier Rudd.

The film has a killer soundtrack featuring music by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd, Ash Grundwald, Dand of Frequencies, Allendig, Will Conner, Valley’s and Tim Flood.

SMASH FEST 1 is a month-long series of surf film and art events that will span the New York area from Brooklyn, to Rockaway Beach, to Long Beach and Montauk. SMASH FEST 1 is the first profit sharing surf film festival for independent filmmakers. For more on SMASH FEST, click here.

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Vans takes over this year as the world’s largest surfing party is set to hit Huntington Beach this Saturday, July 20. In years past, almost 300,000 people come to town to be a part of the biggest US surfing event for eight days straight. Festivities will run from July 20 to July 28.

Are you guys ready for the music, art, free swag, crowds, and the best in skating and surfing?

And this year, new sponsor Vans is promising the largest free concert of the summer.

The lifestyle label recently unveiled the musical lineup, and the free two-day concert is expecting to draw hundreds of thousands of fans to the coast.

Happening Thursday, July 25th and Friday, July 26th, the massive music event wraps up the surf competition with five must-see bands at the House of Vans stage. On the bill for Thursday are newcomers FMLYBND, chillwave act Twin Shadow and electro pop legends The Faint. On Friday, catch singer-songwriter (and HB native) Matt Costa and indie rock headliners Modest Mouse.

If you’ve never been, check it out and come to town along the 14-acre stretch of sand for the massive event, which includes the big surf competition, skate and BMX areas, retail shops on the sand, and about 60 vendor booths. All events are free and open to the public.

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The 2013 ESPY Awards were handed out last night with Jon Hamm, the star of AMC’s “Mad Men” and a noted St. Louis Cardinals fan, hosting the 21st annual show from the Nokia Theatre in L.A.

Hamm joked it was “the world’s largest gathering of people wearing sunglasses indoors” as the cameras caught LeBron James and NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick behind shades. Check it out here: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:9486870

LeBron James and the Miami Heat stole the show by winning five 2013 ESPYS. But in our surfing world, Stephanie Gilmore scored the trophy for Best Female Action Sport Athlete. This was Steph’s second ESPY award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete. The last time she won the award was in 2010 in the same category. The competition included skateboarding’s Leticia Bufoni, snowboarding’s Kelly Clark, and motocross rider Laia Sanz.

Congratulations to Stephanie and the other incredible athletes!

Here is a partial list of the 2013 ESPY Awards winners below:

Best Male Athlete: LeBron James

Best Female Athlete: Serena Williams

Best Championship Performance: LeBron James

Best Breakthrough Athlete: Colin Kaepernick

Best Record-Breaking Performance: Michael Phelps

Best Upset: Florida Gulf Coast University over Georgetown

Best Game: Heat vs. Spurs Game 6

Best Team: Miami Heat

Best International Athlete: Usain Bolt

Best NFL Player: Adrian Peterson

Best MLB Player: Miguel Cabrera

Best NHL Player: Sidney Crosby

Best Driver: Ryan Hunter-Reay

Best NBA Player: LeBron James

Best WNBA Player: Candace Parker

Best Fighter: Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Best Male Golfer: Tiger Woods

Best Female Golfer: Stacy Lewis

Best Male Tennis Player: Novak Djokovic

Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams

Best Male Action Sport Athlete: Shaun White

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Ready to watch a series of movies that will make you feel good to be a surfer? If you’re in Honolulu this month, the 6th Annual Honolulu Surf Film Festival is going on from July 6 – August 1st.

The Honolulu Surf Film Festival is the longest film festival so far. Plus, it’s being held in a museum, which we (hope) elevates surf films as a genre to something of high art. The festival is at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

According to this year’s festival curator Abbie Algar, attendance is usually around 3,000-4,000, a nice, strong number of attendees. Honolulu’s general public is phenomenally connected to the surfing world, and that kind of enthusiasm for this little corner of creative expression is pretty incredible.

So, don’t miss out on numerous awesomely enriching and fun movies which showcase how cool it is to be a surfer, including Jaws: Changing the Game, Sine Qua Non, Zero to 100, and Party Mix. Check out the full list of movies here http://www.honolulumuseum.org/13792-6th_annual_honolulu_surf_film_festival

And, if you’re up for it, the closing night reception is on July 28, 6-7:30pm, where you can enjoy a live performance by Mano Kane, plus food from Da Spot, beer and wine for purchase. Vintage classic Gun Ho screens at 7:30pm.

The festival flash pass includes 10 screenings, excluding the opening and closing night receptions. $90, $72 museum members. For more details, go here: https://go.honolulumuseum.org/Welcome.aspx

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If you have any wonder why John John Florence was ranked the #1 male on the SURFER Hot 100, here’s a nice video that will have you pretty convinced. John Wiley from Deltoid Productions showcases John John Florence freesurfing at Keramas during the Oakley Pro Bali that wrapped up last month.

Some words from John John in the issue: “I think that living in Hawaii has kept me pretty humble. People will put you in your place if you’re acting out of line and respect is a big part of living here. Even if I wanted to, I don’t think I could get all cocky without someone setting me straight. I’m not anything special.”

Hmmm… well, we agree to not being cocky, but nothing special? We beg to differ.

Enjoy the video. Music from Andrea Bertolini, “Drop That Beat.”

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