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Andrea Siedsma
Andrea Siedsma
Writer/Surfer

For more than 50 years, the celebration of surf cinema has created a swell of hoots and shakas in theaters around the world. This gathering of the tribes made its debut in 1953 when Bud Browne introduced “Hawaiian Surfing Movie,” the first commercial surf film that was shown anywhere. John Severson and Bruce Brown followed suit by creating the standard style of modern surf films, complete with slapstick comedy routines. Add Jim Freeman, Walt Phillips, Greg MacGillivray, Hal Jepsen, Bill Delaney, Greg Weaver, Spyder Wills, and Steve Soderberg (to name a few), and you have a dynamic […]

By |November 24th, 2014|Uncategorized|
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    San Diego Surf Film Festival 2014 Raffle Benefits School Surf Teams

San Diego Surf Film Festival 2014 Raffle Benefits School Surf Teams

The San Diego Surf Film Festival (SDSFF) 2014 will give local scholastic surf teams a financial boost as well as a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes via a countywide raffle. The annual SDSFF (http://www.sandiegosurffilmfestival.com/), which will be held May 7-10, 2014 at Bird’s Surf Shed, has contributed profits from previous raffles to several national non-profit organizations.

“This year we wanted to provide support for scholastic surfing throughout San Diego County,” said SDSFF co-creator and director Pierce Kavanagh. “Surf teams and clubs offer great guidance at a challenging time in a kid’s life, and we are proud to […]

By |January 17th, 2014|Uncategorized|
  • Second Annual San Diego Surf Film Festival Creates Colossal Wave of Stoke Around the Globe
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    Second Annual San Diego Surf Film Festival Creates Colossal Wave of Stoke Around the Globe

Second Annual San Diego Surf Film Festival Creates Colossal Wave of Stoke Around the Globe

By Andrea Siedsma
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In just two years the San Diego Surf Film Festival has generated a colossal wave of stoke around the globe. From Australia to the UK, New England, Fiji and San Diego, SDSFF 2013 featured the finest in international surf cinema at the world famous Bird’s Surf Shed from May 8-12, 2013. The five-day festival, which attracted 1,700 people (up from 1,200 in 2012), also included live art and music, a beach clean-up and alternative surf session, as well as after parties. The SDSFF, the only one of its kind on the West Coast, spotlighted 42 […]

SDSFF FILMMAKER INTERVIEW TAKE 6: ELISA BATES

MY BREAKFAST WITH ELISAElisa has been really busy so it was nice to meet up over breakfast, relax and chat for a few hours about her film AWAY, film festivals, Rockaway, the new Green Day documentary and almost everything in between.  AWAY has been receiving amazing reviews from the international film festival circuit and I couldn’t wait to find out more about this unique film.So Elisa brought her husband, George, I brought my camera and that burrito didn’t stand a chance.”What started as a thesis project ended with a much deeper understanding of Rockaway Beach,” explains Elisa about the […]

By |May 8th, 2013|Uncategorized|
  • Filmmaking and Fish Guts: A Conversation with Sustainability Advocate Courtney Hayes
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    Filmmaking and Fish Guts: A Conversation with Sustainability Advocate Courtney Hayes

Filmmaking and Fish Guts: A Conversation with Sustainability Advocate Courtney Hayes

Courtney Hayes with her sustainable shred stick shaped by Michael Emery By Andrea Siedsma In her youth, Courtney Hayes spent a lot of time on the waterfront in Gloucester, Mass., America’s oldest fishing port. It is in this city on Massachusetts’ North Shore where Courtney grew her sea legs, so-to-speak, as the daughter of a fisherman. Courtney, now an award-winning documentary producer and director (PBS, History Channel and Discovery Channel), is still inspired by the sea and the people who use it to create commerce and recreation. In 2010, she launched CetoSurf.com,a global community of more than 11,000 […]

SDSFF FILMMAKER INTERVIEW SERIES TAKE 5: DIRK BRANDTS

RIVER RUN is a favorite among the SDSFF screening panelists.  A festival darling, if you will.  SDSFF’s (newest and yet unconfirmed field reporter) Ken McKnight gets to the bottom of what is nothing less than a revolutionary surf film.”River Run” Q & A With Dirk BrandtsThis year the 2013 San Diego Surf Film Festival will highlight over 35 long and short-form surf-themed international films. One of the selected shorts, “River Run,” has a mat theme to it and comes from the creative mind of Santa Barbara local Dirk Brandts. Dirk is a very experienced mat […]

By |May 3rd, 2013|Uncategorized|

Kelly Kingston Shares The Stoke With Youths

By Andrea SiedsmaFrom the landlocked town of Garland, Texas to the warm, clear waters of Hawaii and eventually Florida, Kelly Kingston not only discovered surfing’s stoke but also decided to pass it on to kids who really need it. The result – South Florida-based Share the Stoke Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to donating surfboards to kids and teenagers around the globe in an effort to keep them off the street and in the water. The SDSFF supports Share the Stoke Foundation’s goal to change the world one surfboard at a time. That’s why we selected the foundation as one […]

SDSFF FILMMAKER INTERVIEW SERIES TAKE 4: GARETH DAVIES

Unknown Fijian grom Isei Tokovou had been surfing less than 6 months when he was caught dropping in on a Cloudbreak bomb……eighteen years later he would live his dream and compete against the world’s best.Introducing THE WAVERIDER.How did THE WAVERIDER concept materialize?  How much pre-production is possible in a story such as this? Yeah it was a bit stressful at one point but all done now.How did the story materialise….a conversation about doing something for Fiji Tourism was on the cards but that was turned down and we were talking about the upcoming Volcom Pro and my friend Joel, who […]

By |April 30th, 2013|Uncategorized|

SDSFF FILMMAKER INTERVIEW SERIES TAKE 3: DAVID ARCHER

Sharing a mutual viewpoint of the ocean, I had the pleasure of meeting up with David in Byron Bay for a quick bodysurf in March 2012.  A lot has happened between then and now so it will be good to catch up with an old friend and chat about bodysurfing and his new film PROCRASTINATION.Let’s take a few breaths with David Archer…Besides an escape from the grinds of the world, how has bodysurfing changed your life?Bodysurfing has always been a part of my life.  My brother, father and I were given a bodysurfing handplanes as a Christmas gift over […]

By |April 30th, 2013|Uncategorized|

SDSFF FILMMAKER INTERVIEW SERIES TAKE 2: NATHAN OLDFIELD

Filmmaker Nathan Oldfield Opens His Heart and Lens to the SeaBy Andrea SiedsmaOn the Central Coast of New South Whales, Australia, Nathan Oldfield shares his time between being a husband, father, school teacher, surfer, shaper, photographer and filmmaker.  While his time is limited, he continues to impress and mesmerize us with his deep and beautiful surf films, including “Lines from a Poem,” “Seaworthy,” and his latest “The Heart & The Sea,” which opens the San Diego Surf Film Festival on May 9 at Bird’s Surf Shed.Below, Nathan takes some time out from a family holiday to talk about the […]