First Ever Surfalorus Film Festival
Have you been kissing the sun? We won’t tell your mama. But she’s gonna be real mad if you don’t shake out your shorts and head out to the first ever Surfalorus Film Festival. That’s right you little sand rabbits – the Cucalorus Film Festival is launching the area’s only film festival dedicated entirely the surfing lifestyle. Carve it into your board or write it on your wrist – Surfalorus takes place July 19-21 – that’s like two weeks from right now!!!!
After ten years of showcasing the tastiest surf flicks at the November festival, Cucalorians are now throwing up a summer festival just for surfers. The Surfalorus Film Festival will feature local films created by filmmakers of all levels as well as classic surf films, such as George Greenough’s Crystal Voyager from 1973, which will kickoff the festival on Thursday night.
The schedule of top-notch films will include “Ocean Cure India Surf Surfari” by director Nate Daniel. The sixteen-minute short follows IndoJax founder Jack Viorel and his cohorts as they travel abroad to teach young girls the joy of surfing. A discussion with writer Chris Dixon about his recently published book “Ghost Wave” will take place on Saturday at City Stage Theater. “Ghost Wave” delves into the mysterious swells found at Cortes bank, a shelf of rock 100 miles off the coast of California that was discovered by Wilmington-born ship captain Archibald MacRae.
Zach Hanner, event co-organizer, began building relationships in the surf film community after being tasked with drawing in surf films for Cucalorus in 2001. Hanner is most excited about bringing together like-minded ocean lovers, who enjoy each other’s company and watching stellar surf films.
“My favorite part about Surfalorus will be seeing the tribe gather around to watch a surf film,” said Hanner, “This is an opportunity to catch up with people that you may only see in the water.”
All screenings are $5 at the door. Weekend passes ($20) can be bought right here —
Surfalorus is sponsored by Sweetwater Brewing Company and hopefully some other really cool people.
Surfalorus Film Festival – Schedule of events:
Thursday, 7/19 – FREE
Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar in Carolina Beach
Live surf rock with The Noseriders! 7-9 pm and Crystal Voyager at 9pm
Crystal Voyager- 1974
Dir. David Elfick, run time 78 min.
Shot by surf pioneer/innovator George Greenough, this film follows Greenough and friends Richie West and surfing champion Nat Young as they board Greenough’s yacht in search of empty waves. This film is famous for it’s final sequence, a trippy collection of in-the-tube shots captured by Greenough with a back mounted camera and scored by Pink Floyd’s Echoes. This film will be screened on the pier at the Ocean Grill Restaurant and Tiki Bar in Carolina Beach (1211 S. Lake Park Blvd, CB, next to the Golden Sands Motel)
Friday, 7/20
Jengo’s Playhouse @ 7 pm: Happy Beach, Glass Love

Happy Beach – 2011
Dir. Jack Coleman, 34:00
A gimmick free contemporary surf flick, this quirky piece features some super cool use of multiple film stocks, even a few rolls that expired in 1989! In addition to some crazy processing techniques that give the movie a real texture, there’s also some super hot surfing from Ford Archbold, Dane Reynolds, Chippa Willson and Ozzie Wright. Winner of the “Most Experimental Work” award at the Surf Film Festibal in San Sebastian Spain, this one will leave you super stoked on shooting on film again.
Glass Love – 2006
Dir, Andrew Kidman, 64:00
Director Andrew Kidman is a triple threat in the surf world, a guy that can shape his own boards, shoot his own movies and then compose and perform the soundtrack. Basically, he’s the Australian version of Jack Johnson. This pursuit captures the quiet beauty of surfing from multiple angles. Exploring how surfing gets passed down through the generations, Kidman focuses on the Purchase family, one of Oz’s most dedicated surf clans, as well as the Curren family, one of America’s most legendary ocean families. Look for parts from Tom Curren, Dean Morrison and Neal Purchase, Jr., as well as legends like Nat Young, Skip Frye and the late Michael Peterson.
City Stage Theater 9pm: Ocean Cure India Surf Surfari, Windansea, You Scratched My Anchor!
Ocean Cure India Surf Surfari – 2012
Dir, Nate Daniel, 16:53
This heartfelt short follows IndoJax Surf School founder Jack Viorel and his cohorts as they travel to India to teach an orphanage of young girls the joy of surfing. Funny, exhilarating and deeply moving all at once, this film shows the beauty of kindness and how the ocean can unite different cultures and heal myriad types of wounds.
Windansea – 2012
Dir, Derek Dunfee, 8:00
Dunfee is an emerging writer/filmmaker who is also a serious charger in big surf. While composing an article about his beloved SoCal surf spot, Windansea (one of the legendary breaks where legends like Butch Van Artsdalen and Skip Frye cut their teetch), Dunfee documented the faces and surf styles of his community of waterfolk. Told simply through music and video portraits, this short embodies the stoke and feel of this preeminent surf break.
You Scratched My Anchor!- 2009
Dir, Capt. Fin, run time 30 min.
Capt. Fin (aka pro surfer Mitch Abshere) draws together a collection of hipster surfers for this goofball mixtape of a surf video. Using old, grainy ads as segues and featuring some red hot surfing from stylists Alex Knost, Kassia Meador, Tyler “Pickle” Warren and Jason “Ratboy” Collins, this film runs fast and furious, with the odd homage to Ferris Bueller’s Day Offand, of course, taking its title from a Caddyshackquote.
Saturday, 7/21
Jengo’s Playhouse 7pm: Fatal Wave, So It Goes, Josh Kerr Films
Fatal Wave- 2012
Dir. Zach Hanner, run time 4 min
This music video for Durham band Bustello features the rock trio as a variety of different Carolina Beach, cliques. When a group of teens try to surf on too big a day, they’re warned away from the ocean by fishermen, surfers and a threesome of CB drunkards. Shot with a wide variety of cameras on location at the Ocean Grill Restaurant and Tiki Bar, this story fortunately has a happy ending.
So It Goes- 2012
Dir. Clare Plueckhahn, run time 7 min.
Follow burgeoning Aussie pro surfer Felicity Palmateer as she navigates the peaks and pitfalls of contests, film shoots and various others hazards and pleasures that come with surfing for a living. An inspiring flick about being young, talented and able to rip!
Josh Kerr Block- 2012
Dir., Various
Pro surfer Josh Kerr has stormed on to the ASP tour over the past few years, and his sponsors at Rusty have had cameras on nearly every decent session he’s had over the last 24 months. This compilation finds Kerrzy at his best, traveling the world surfing exotic locales and also at home of the Gold Coast of Australia.
City Stage Theater 9pm: Ghost Wave Talk with Chris Dixon, Beyond the Barrier
Ghost Wave Talk with Chris Dixon
Writer Chris Dixon recently published his book “Ghost Wave,” after a significant amount of research on the Cortes Bank, a shelf of rock 100 miles off the California coast that only breaks on the biggest swells. Discovered by Wilmington-born ship’s captain Archibald MacRae, this mysto beast has lured big wave aficianados from all over the world as they attempt to ride this massive, possibly deadly wave. Dixon will talk about the book and screen video taken during his research.
Beyond The Barrier-2007
Dir. Joe Cheshire, run time 60 min
Award winning filmmaker Joe Cheshire focuses his camera on the East Coast and boy does he find some ripping surfers! Featuring local boy Ben Bourgeois as well as OBX dude Jesse Hines, Florida pro Cory Lopez and many more, this flick proves that the East Coast can still offer some watery gems. Cheshire, currently a Wilmington resident, will be in attendance to answer questions following the screening.
11pm – until: Closing festivities will take place Saturday night at Satellite Bar and Lounge (120 Greenfield Street). Live music and classic surf flicks on the outdoor movie screen.