Kona Surf Film Festival

Nov 28 2011

2011 Kona Surf Film Festival line-up, Dec 2 – 3 (Click on titles to view trailers)

KOHALA COAST, Hawaii: After sifting through a record number of submissions, Kona Surf Film Festival organizers are psyched to announce the film line-up for this year’s festival on December 2 and 3, 2011 at The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Artistic, innovative, mesmerizing, beautiful, poignant, unpredictable, astounding and game changing are some of the words festival organizers are using to describe this year’s films.

Festival founder and program director, Chad Campbell, said “we were stoked to receive so many submissions from all corners of the globe. With works from some of the biggest names in the industry, to self-taught filmmakers, festival-goers can expect extreme action, epic soundtracks, stunning locales, ground-breaking cinematography, heart-warming stories and behind-the-scenes antics from some of the most iconic faces of the sport”.

WHAT: 2011 Kona Surf Film Festival, benefiting the Seathos Foundation

WHEN: Friday, December 2, 2011 from 4 pm – 10 pm & Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 2pm – 10pm

WHERE: The Pavilion at The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Kohala Coast, Hawaii.

COST: Adults $15, Groms (Kids!) $10. After party is FREE.

BYO: Beach chair and blankets for films shown under the stars.  Bring a sweater as it may get a little chilly!

FOOD: BBQ and beer available for purchase.  No coolers please. $2 popcorn, $5 hot dogs, $6 veggie burgers, $7 fish tacos, $4 beer, $7 wine.

INFO:  www.konasurffilmfestival.org

Come Hell Or High Water

Keith Malloy brings us a new surf flick featuring Mark Cunningham, Dan Malloy and Mike Stewart.  Hell or High water gives us a different – beardless – perspective on surfing.  The film explores the history and progression of the sport of bodysurfing and the pureness that comes from riding a wave. While Malloy is most widely known for his time in the water as a surfer, his exploration into the world of bodysurfing began some 10 years ago when he wanted to reconnect with the ocean and did so through bodysurfing.  Said Malloy about this project, “It’s about taking a breath and kicking your feet in the big blue sea.”

The Drifter

In the summer of 2008 iconic surfer and former Pipe Master Rob Machado flew to Indonesia to experience a different kind of surf trip. A journey that would take him way beyond his comfort zone to the point where he could finally be alone with his thoughts, his desires and the empty perfection of an unnamed Indian Ocean reef.  What did he discover? You never stop dreaming, even when dreams do come true.

The Kona Surf Film Festival is proud to welcome Rob Machado as a special guest and friend of the Fest.

For The Love

Quietly hidden from the rest of the world lies a small town filled with ordinary people, with extraordinary stories; Stories that never seemed to matter until now.  Raised in Hilo, on the windward side of the Big Island, Cliff Kapono, screens his debut film and will attend the festival to share his insights and experiences from producing this work of art.

Leave A Message

Nike 6.0 presents this latest film project, starring the new generation of woman surfers who push surfing to the next level.  Starring Carissa Moore (Hawaii), Lakey Peterson (California), Laura Enever (Australia), Coco Ho (Hawaii), Byrne-Wickey Monyca (Hawaii) and Malia Manuel (Hawaii), the film follows the women as they travel the world circuit to Australia, California, Hawaii and Mexico.

The Kona Surf Film Festival is proud to welcome Lakey Peterson as a special guest and friend of the Fest.

Lost & Found

Lost & Found is a documentary based on the discovery of 30,000 black and white surfing negatives at a flea market in Pasadena, California.  As it turned out, the images belonged to Surfing Magazine from the iconic times of the 60s and 70s.  It’s a journey over three plus years of reuniting and sharing the images capturing stories that unless told, would have been lost.

Year Zero

Year Zero is a modern take on high performance surfing set in a post-apocalyptic world, reminiscent of Mad Max or an HG Wells novel.  It tells a story of a band of renegade surfers, including Dion Agius, Yadin Nicol, Nate Tyler, Taj Burrow, CJ Hobgood and Damien Hobgood on a road trip through the apocalypse in search of waves, women and good times.

Gum For My Boat

Gum For My Boat is a story of hope focusing on the Bangladesh Surf Club and its members.  The club consists of around 30 male and female members and is helping to introduce surfing into a culture in a very unconventional method.

Lost Atlas

From Kai Neville, the creator of Modern Collective, Lost Atlas is a view of postmodern surfing.  This is youth on the run set to a killer soundtrack that veers across all genres.


Artsy hip music, an über-talented bunch of surfers on long (and not quite so long) boards, and some very desirable line-ups. “As every surfer matures, so does their taste in surfing,” says filmmaker Mikey DeTemple. “These are my tastes and the people that really inspire me and some of the most unique and fun locations in the world.”

About Kona Surf Film Festival:

Founded in 2003 by Chad Campbell, the Kona Surf Film Festival celebrates the art of surfing.  Chad, a surfer, filmmaker and editor himself, has always held a passion for film-making and the surfing lifestyle.  He wanted to use that passion to bring the community together to participate in the long-held tradition of surfers watching surf films on the big screen.  Often showcasing unknown films and filmmakers who have a love for all things surf, the Kona Surf Film Fest gives people an opportunity to share in the stoke, outside of the water. Visit www.konasurffilmfestival.org for more info.

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