Lucky enough, we received an email from Andrea Beauregard, a freelance journalist who decided to help us covering the Canadian surf film festival this last September 27th to 30th! Seeking for a new port, a web-documentaries series on Gotsurf.ca directed from Marc-André Laurin, won the second prize in the Canadian shorts category.
O Canada! Surf is taking over our oceans and rivers, and now, our big screens. Over the past weekend, Halifax hosted the 3rd annual Canadian Surf Film Festival. Were you not part of the event, here is what you missed and shouldn’t next year!
This edition screened feature lenghts flicks such as the documentary Surfing & Sharks, the chilean surf porn with a soul, El mar, Mi Alma, a glimpse into pro surfers’ daily lives with Here and Now, this year’s highlight and my personnal favorite, a documentary about two Norwegian surfers surviving and surfing on an inhabited arctic island in North of the Sun, the ecological documentary We Are All Radioactive about the recent disasters that hit Japan hard and a historical voyage down surfings’ roots with A Deeper Shade of Blue.
Then, to make sure we had our fix of inspirtations, ideas and surf expedition plans, the short film challenge brought some more rolls, alot of which was shot by canadians. This year’s winner can be viewed at "http://csff.ca/2012-csff-winners" and do take notice that GoSurf.Ca’s Marc-André Laurin took second place!
Now, festivals are nothing without festivities and this one is no exception. Many of the sponsors decided to get together and throw the opening bash with a launch party at the Patagonia store where discounts and giveaways were at the rendez-vous. The Seahorse Tavern, this year’s principal hangout, offered quite the experience with Halifax’s very own The Mellotones who helped turn an empty dance floor into a flood of people letting loose. The following night was once again kicked off with giveaways and discounts at If Only surf shop with the help of Spy Optic. Now, after great flicks comes great thirst, either for surfing or just plain refreshements; The Garrison Big Wave Brewery Tour provided the latter with great, very great deals on Nova Scotia’s most popular micro-brewery beer.
Also, had you some time to head to Lawrencetown for a bit of surfing, which I did, you had the chance to head to the 15th Annual Surf Art Show at Laughleton Gallery which exhibited quite the range of pieces, from paintings to photographs, to jewellery and handmade wooden surf boards. I also had a quick pit stop at Dudes Food, just to make sure my journey into Nova Scotia’s famous surf town was complete. Make sure the Dude and his lady are in a good mood as I heard they did not serve any customers the day before!
After explorating the outskirts, it was back to Halifax because it was all far from over. More movies, A Surfing Rockabilly Riot and a burlesque show awaited all willing participants.
Don’t you worry about being sore from all these events, the last day slowly began with Moksha Surfer’s Yoga, for free! Finally, the closing party, where it seems everyone left with something, was a giveaway gallore.
All in all, the event was a success, once more! I do, however, pass on the word from the directors that this event is mostly made by YOU. Anyone with a camera and a surf board should take part in opening canadians’ eyes to the surfing possibilities, wherever it is that you surf. Add the festival on facebook, twitter, check out the website, text your friends and get that creativity going. Make somes waves! Not only will you make memories, you’ll end up being a part of the growth of the surf community of ye olde Canada.
See you next year as an active participant but mostly, a stoked guest!