The 9th Annual Surfalorus Festival, presented by Come Hear NC, is in the books! This radical and unique celebration of surf movies featured amazing online film blocks as well as a bitchin’ live event! And today, we’re stoked to announce that five films have won awards from our judges at this year’s fest!
Surfalorus 2020 kicked off on Thursday, September 24th, with a live, drive-in screening at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The event was a sell-out and audience members raved over the amazing picture provided by our new massive outdoor screen, our super-hero projector, and our super-human technical director CB Johnson. With invaluable help from our team of volunteers as well as super support from sponsors Come Hear NC, Dare County Arts Council, and Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau – opening night had us all super stoked! Dare County Arts Council also hosted a killer Women of the Waves exhibit in conjunction with Surfalorus, building on the festival’s tradition of showcasing women in surfing.
After a killer longboard session the next day at the Nags Head pier, we revved up the servers for the next three days featuring five online screenings ranging from a historical view of San Francisco surfing to an in-depth look at the legends of surfing competing for a world title in the Azores islands.
Surfalorus #9 featured amazing surf films from all over the globe, presented in several languages and featuring surfers of every age, gender, race and numerous nationalities, proving that surfing has, indeed, become a global sport enjoyed in nearly every corner of the world.
And now – the award winners for the 9th annual Surfalorus Film Festival include….
Best Short Film : “Just Go Fucking Surfing” by Juul Hesselberth
Best Feature Film : “Great Highway” by Mark Gunson
Best Soundtrack : “Abeyance” by Logan Marshall
Best Cinematography : “Locals of Pavones” by Lorena Montenegro
Emerging Filmmaker Award : Zach Fox for “Sea, Salt, Wind”
Thanks to all of our sponsors and partners including Come Hear NC, The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, The Dare County Arts Council, the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, SAGA Realty and Construction, Towne Bank and Kitty Hawk Kites.
Next year’s festival will mark our 10th year of bringing surfing cinema to the ocean loving public and plans are in the works for a huge anniversary production. Stay tuned for information about the 2021 Surfalorus festival. We hope you’ll be there to paddle out with us!