What an Event!

On March 18th and 19th, we had our second annual Santa Barbara Surf Film Festival!

The 2022 festival was an experience that celebrated Santa Barbara's rich surf history at the beautiful Community Arts Workshop space. We showcased captivating surf cinema, live music, art in multiple mediums, local charities & vendors, and food & artisan drinks. In line with our mission to support our community, we partner with three local non-profits The Surf Happens Foundation, Heal the Ocean, and Surfrider Foundation.

 

We were honored to work with an incredible group of film directors, creatives, and surfers to feature a fantastic lineup of films. From "Searching for Tom Curren," "Snapt4," "Birth of the Endless Summer," "Waterman," and "Morning of the Earth." Along with featured short films "93 Letter from Marge," "805 Presents: Beautiful Silence featuring Nate Tyler," "RE-MOTE: The Lost Reels," and "Art Form." The festival also showcased a two-day curated large format art exhibition of works by Albert Falzon. 

 

Our sold-out event was filled with art, live music, great food & drinks, local vendors, sponsor activations, and non-profit booths. We are grateful for our surf communities support in making this the best festival yet.

Keep an eye out on social media for 2022 pics, and join our email blast below to hear about all future events.

We hope to see you all again next year!

 

Cheers,

SBSFF Team

Thank you to all who came out to support SBSFF 2022 🤙

It was an incredible event! Special thanks to all volunteers, sponsors & partners.

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The Santa Barbara Surf Film Festival celebrates filmmakers and wave riders who live to surf, are artisans of their craft and stewards of our oceans.

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ART

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FEATURED FILMS
 
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SURF FILM LINE UP

FRIDAY

March 18th

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4pm

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4pm

SATURDAY

March 19th

 
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SURF FILM LINE UP

FRIDAY

March 18th

4-6pm

Happy Hour Festival Kick Off
 

Featuring Nosotros Tequila & Music by "Uncle Uncle"

6:30pm

Re-Mote: The Lost Reels

Directed by: Albert Falzon

Produced by: Matt Wessen & Justin Misch

 In the process of remastering Albert Falzon's 1972 classic film, Morning of the Earth, 90 minutes of never-before-seen 16mm camera original outtakes were unexpectedly unearthed. Because of the wealth of this material, a 38-minute film was produced. Getting back to where it all began, this artistic showcase of the “Lost Reels” paints a more complete picture of the filmmaker's journey, and reveals culturally, environmentally and socially significant details of a forgotten past. The film covers Australia, Bali and Hawaii, and is accompanied by an all original soundtrack.

7:30pm

Searching For Tom Curren

The 25th Anniversary digitally remastered classic, "Searching for Tom Curren", a film by the late great Sonny Miller and winner of the 1997 SURFER Awards Movie of the Year. Santa Barbara's own 3x World Surfing Champion, Tom Curren, discovers new waves around the world, tests the limits of board design, and takes us into his refreshing and thoughtful outlook on surfing. Tom has influenced a generation of surfers with his humble and kind character and his clean and radical approach to riding waves.

Directed by: Sonny Miller

9pm

Live Music

Coming soon

* FEATURED NON-PORFITS
SURF HAPPENS FOUNDATION

The Surf Happens Foundation raises funds to provide scholarships and free surf programs to deserving youngsters in partnership with Surf Happens Surf School. Improving lives by sharing the joy of surfing and inspiring ocean stewardship. We strive to build a natural connection to the sea for every person we teach - and we create the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. We believe human beings must be stewards of our environment and we our students to respect and protect our natural resources.

SURF HAPPENS FOUNDATION

The Surf Happens Foundation raises funds to provide scholarships and free surf programs to deserving youngsters in partnership with Surf Happens Surf School. Improving lives by sharing the joy of surfing and inspiring ocean stewardship. We strive to build a natural connection to the sea for every person we teach - and we create the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. We believe human beings must be stewards of our environment and we our students to respect and protect our natural resources.

SATURDAY

March 19th

10am-1pm

Youth Program

Hosted by Surf Happens featuring local surf short films & Music by "Wombo Combo"

3:30pm

Artform
 

Album Surf production, "Art Form", starring Asher Pacey, Josh Kerr, and Matt Parker. All original music by Ryan Kleiner. Additional filming by Dan Scott, Dave Fox, Lachlan Mckinnon, Simon Saffigna, and Jacob Wooden.

Directed by: Matt Kleiner

4-6pm

Happy Hour Festival Kick Off
 

Featuring Nosotros Tequila & Music by "Uncle Uncle"

5pm

93 Letters From Marge

Surfing Pioneer and icon, Marge Calhoun shares memories and reflects on her long life in handwritten letters to a friend. The film chronicles stories from her adventurous life that began in a little Hollywood cottage to her last days while sitting in her home next to a “picture window” with views to the sea and Morro Bay, CA. Though age had taken a toll on her body, Marge’s mind was sharp and could take her anywhere she wanted to go!

This sweet and personal film shines a light on the life of the 1958 Makaha International Surfing Champion, an inspiring woman who lived life to the fullest. She loved the ocean, surfing and especially BIG waves! Her glass was half full, not empty. She offers words of encouragement and expresses a joy of life and the fact that one is never too old to enjoy the ocean and as Marge says, “the gifts from the powers that be.”

93 is a film made with love & in her honor.

Marge Calhoun (1924-2017)

Directed & Produced by: Heather Hudson

5:45pm

Waterman

Directed by: Isaac Halasima

Produced by: Dr. Steven Ungerleider and David Ulich

Five-time Olympic medalist and Native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku shattered records and brought surfing to the world while overcoming a lifetime of personal challenges. "Waterman" explores his journey and legacy as a legendary swimmer, trailblazer, and the undisputed father of modern-day surfing, following the sport's first-time inclusion in this year's Games - a fitting tribute to his work promoting the sport around the globe.

 

Narrated by Jason Momoa, this original documentary by Sidewinder Films features commentary from surfing's biggest stars, including newly -crowned Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore, while also delving into his personal successes, struggles and humanitarianism through rare footage, contemporary visuals and incisive interviews.

Morning of the Earth

7:45pm

Directed by: Albert Falzon

50th year anniversary remastered in 4K

Albert Falzon’s 1972 classic, “Morning of the Earth”, is internationally renowned as one of the greatest surf films of all time. Its psychedelic imagery and audio-visual tour de force captured the spirit of a generation and became an instant benchmark of avant-garde cinema. A fantasy of surfers living in three unspoiled lands and playing in nature’s oceans.

9:15pm

Coming soon

Live Music
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SURF FILM LINE UP

FRIDAY

March 18th

4-6pm

Happy Hour Festival Kick Off
 

Featuring Nosotros Tequila & Music by "Uncle Uncle"

6:30pm

Re-Mote: The Lost Reels

Directed by: Albert Falzon

Produced by: Matt Wessen & Justin Misch

 In the process of remastering Albert Falzon's 1972 classic film, Morning of the Earth, 90 minutes of never-before-seen 16mm camera original outtakes were unexpectedly unearthed. Because of the wealth of this material, a 38-minute film was produced. Getting back to where it all began, this artistic showcase of the “Lost Reels” paints a more complete picture of the filmmaker's journey, and reveals culturally, environmentally and socially significant details of a forgotten past. The film covers Australia, Bali and Hawaii, and is accompanied by an all original soundtrack.

7:30pm

Searching For Tom Curren

The 25th Anniversary digitally remastered classic, "Searching for Tom Curren", a film by the late great Sonny Miller and winner of the 1997 SURFER Awards Movie of the Year. Santa Barbara's own 3x World Surfing Champion, Tom Curren, discovers new waves around the world, tests the limits of board design, and takes us into his refreshing and thoughtful outlook on surfing. Tom has influenced a generation of surfers with his humble and kind character and his clean and radical approach to riding waves.

Directed by: Sonny Miller

9pm

Live Music

Coming soon

* FEATURED NON-PORFITS
SURF HAPPENS FOUNDATION

The Surf Happens Foundation raises funds to provide scholarships and free surf programs to deserving youngsters in partnership with Surf Happens Surf School. Improving lives by sharing the joy of surfing and inspiring ocean stewardship. We strive to build a natural connection to the sea for every person we teach - and we create the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. We believe human beings must be stewards of our environment and we our students to respect and protect our natural resources.

SURF HAPPENS FOUNDATION

The Surf Happens Foundation raises funds to provide scholarships and free surf programs to deserving youngsters in partnership with Surf Happens Surf School. Improving lives by sharing the joy of surfing and inspiring ocean stewardship. We strive to build a natural connection to the sea for every person we teach - and we create the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. We believe human beings must be stewards of our environment and we our students to respect and protect our natural resources.

SATURDAY

March 19th

10am-1pm

Youth Program

Hosted by Surf Happens featuring local surf short films & Music by "Wombo Combo"

3:30pm

Artform
 

Album Surf production, "Art Form", starring Asher Pacey, Josh Kerr, and Matt Parker. All original music by Ryan Kleiner. Additional filming by Dan Scott, Dave Fox, Lachlan Mckinnon, Simon Saffigna, and Jacob Wooden.

Directed by: Matt Kleiner

4-6pm

Happy Hour Festival Kick Off
 

Featuring Nosotros Tequila & Music by "Uncle Uncle"

5pm

93 Letters From Marge

Surfing Pioneer and icon, Marge Calhoun shares memories and reflects on her long life in handwritten letters to a friend. The film chronicles stories from her adventurous life that began in a little Hollywood cottage to her last days while sitting in her home next to a “picture window” with views to the sea and Morro Bay, CA. Though age had taken a toll on her body, Marge’s mind was sharp and could take her anywhere she wanted to go!

This sweet and personal film shines a light on the life of the 1958 Makaha International Surfing Champion, an inspiring woman who lived life to the fullest. She loved the ocean, surfing and especially BIG waves! Her glass was half full, not empty. She offers words of encouragement and expresses a joy of life and the fact that one is never too old to enjoy the ocean and as Marge says, “the gifts from the powers that be.”

93 is a film made with love & in her honor.

Marge Calhoun (1924-2017)

Directed & Produced by: Heather Hudson

5:45pm

Waterman

Directed by: Isaac Halasima

Produced by: Dr. Steven Ungerleider and David Ulich

Five-time Olympic medalist and Native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku shattered records and brought surfing to the world while overcoming a lifetime of personal challenges. "Waterman" explores his journey and legacy as a legendary swimmer, trailblazer, and the undisputed father of modern-day surfing, following the sport's first-time inclusion in this year's Games - a fitting tribute to his work promoting the sport around the globe.

 

Narrated by Jason Momoa, this original documentary by Sidewinder Films features commentary from surfing's biggest stars, including newly -crowned Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore, while also delving into his personal successes, struggles and humanitarianism through rare footage, contemporary visuals and incisive interviews.

Morning of the Earth

7:45pm

Directed by: Albert Falzon

50th year anniversary remastered in 4K

Albert Falzon’s 1972 classic, “Morning of the Earth”, is internationally renowned as one of the greatest surf films of all time. Its psychedelic imagery and audio-visual tour de force captured the spirit of a generation and became an instant benchmark of avant-garde cinema. A fantasy of surfers living in three unspoiled lands and playing in nature’s oceans.

9:15pm

Coming soon

Live Music
pexels-hugo-marin-4716252.jpg
SURF FILM LINE UP

FRIDAY

March 18th

3-6pm

Happy Hour Festival Kick Off
 

Featuring Nosotros Tequila & Music by "Uncle Uncle"

6pm

An 805 Film: Beautiful Silence

Born and raised just inland from the Central Coast, Nate Tyler was introduced to surfing through his father, who’d take Nate and his friends to the beach every weekend. As Nate progressed, sponsors started taking notice and thus ensued the chaotic life of a pro surfer. Burned out on the fast lane surf industry, Nate has hunkered back down on the central coast with his family where he pursues artwork and surfing in the place he loves most. Watch the beautiful silence unfold in this tale of free-surfing legend.

6:30pm

Re-Mote: The Lost Reels

Directed by: Albert Falzon

Produced by: Matt Wessen & Justin Misch

 In the process of remastering Albert Falzon's 1972 classic film, Morning of the Earth, 90 minutes of never-before-seen 16mm camera original outtakes were unexpectedly unearthed. Because of the wealth of this material, a 38-minute film was produced. Getting back to where it all began, this artistic showcase of the “Lost Reels” paints a more complete picture of the filmmaker's journey, and reveals culturally, environmentally and socially significant details of a forgotten past. The film covers Australia, Bali and Hawaii, and is accompanied by an all original soundtrack.

7:10pm

Live Music

7:50pm

Searching For Tom Curren

The 25th Anniversary digitally remastered classic, "Searching for Tom Curren", a film by the late great Sonny Miller and winner of the 1997 SURFER Awards Movie of the Year. Santa Barbara's own 3x World Surfing Champion, Tom Curren, discovers new waves around the world, tests the limits of board design, and takes us into his refreshing and thoughtful outlook on surfing. Tom has influenced a generation of surfers with his humble and kind character and his clean and radical approach to riding waves.

Directed by: Sonny Miller

9 - 10pm

Live Music
* FEATURED NON-PORFITS

SURF HAPPENS FOUNDATION

The Surf Happens Foundation raises funds to provide scholarships and free surf programs to deserving youngsters in partnership with Surf Happens Surf School. Improving lives by sharing the joy of surfing and inspiring ocean stewardship. We strive to build a natural connection to the sea for every person we teach - and we create the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. We believe human beings must be stewards of our environment and we our students to respect and protect our natural resources.

Heal the Ocean

From capping leaking oil-wells to Styrofoam recycling and cleanup orders, HTO is a non- profit organization that fights for a cleaner Ocean for all. Heal the Ocean focuses on wastewater infrastructure  - sewers and septic systems - as well as Ocean dumping practices that have contributed to Ocean pollution. We are focused on Santa Barbara County, but our methods are now serving as a model for other coastal communities across the country.

Santa Barbara Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider works to keep the oceans in Santa Barbara and the surrounding community clean by doing clean ups, working with restaurants to make them more sustainable, informing the community on how to be more environmentally friendly, weekly ocean water testing, and raising money for resources that make being environmentally friendly in Santa Barbara easier.

SATURDAY

March 19th

10am-1pm

Youth Program

Short films presented by Surf Happens  & Music by "Wombo Combo"

12pm

Snapt 4

Directed by: Logan Dulien

Snapt4 was filmed over two years, across the globe, and stars Mason Ho, Jack Robinson, Clay Marzo, Seth & Josh Moniz, Zeke Lau, Barron Mamiya, Parker Coffin, Benji Brand, Ian Crane, Eithan Aton Osborne, Carlos Munoz, Sheldon Paishon, and the leader of the pack, Salmon Boy Simon Rex.

Birth of the Endless Summer

Filmmaker Richard Yelland’s latest documentary, Birth of The Endless Summer: Discovery of Cape St. Francis, examines the hidden story of The Endless Summer and follows California surfer Dick Metz’s journey around the world and his role in inspiring Bruce Brown’s epic film.

4:10pm

Live Music

Annalie: Ukulele Player

4:30pm

93 Letters From Marge

Surfing Pioneer and icon, Marge Calhoun shares memories and reflects on her long life in handwritten letters to a friend. The film chronicles stories from her adventurous life that began in a little Hollywood cottage to her last days while sitting in her home next to a “picture window” with views to the sea and Morro Bay, CA. Though age had taken a toll on her body, Marge’s mind was sharp and could take her anywhere she wanted to go!

This sweet and personal film shines a light on the life of the 1958 Makaha International Surfing Champion, an inspiring woman who lived life to the fullest. She loved the ocean, surfing and especially BIG waves! Her glass was half full, not empty. She offers words of encouragement and expresses a joy of life and the fact that one is never too old to enjoy the ocean and as Marge says, “the gifts from the powers that be.”

93 is a film made with love & in her honor.

Marge Calhoun (1924-2017)

Directed & Produced by: Heather Hudson

6pm

Waterman

Directed by: Isaac Halasima

Produced by: Dr. Steven Ungerleider and David Ulich

Five-time Olympic medalist and Native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku shattered records and brought surfing to the world while overcoming a lifetime of personal challenges. "Waterman" explores his journey and legacy as a legendary swimmer, trailblazer, and the undisputed father of modern-day surfing, following the sport's first-time inclusion in this year's Games - a fitting tribute to his work promoting the sport around the globe.

 

Narrated by Jason Momoa, this original documentary by Sidewinder Films features commentary from surfing's biggest stars, including newly -crowned Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore, while also delving into his personal successes, struggles and humanitarianism through rare footage, contemporary visuals and incisive interviews.

5:15pm

Live Music

Denny Aaberg and Simone Reddingius

7pm

Artform
 

Album Surf production, "Art Form", starring Asher Pacey, Josh Kerr, and Matt Parker. All original music by Ryan Kleiner. Additional filming by Dan Scott, Dave Fox, Lachlan Mckinnon, Simon Saffigna, and Jacob Wooden.

Directed by: Matt Kleiner

7:45pm

Live Music

Glen Annie

Morning of the Earth

8:15pm

Directed by: Albert Falzon

50th year anniversary remastered in 4K

Albert Falzon’s 1972 classic, “Morning of the Earth”, is internationally renowned as one of the greatest surf films of all time. Its psychedelic imagery and audio-visual tour de force captured the spirit of a generation and became an instant benchmark of avant-garde cinema. A fantasy of surfers living in three unspoiled lands and playing in nature’s oceans.

Directed by: Richard Yelland

2pm

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Albert Falzon

Morning of the Earth

Museum-grade restoration off of the original 16mm AB rolls presented in pristine large format prints.

Featured Artist

“Morning of the Earth has stood the test of time and perhaps is more important today in view of the increased number of people on the planet and the demands they are having on its resources and ecosystems. We need more than ever to be reminded of this fragile system we have inherited and to a certain extent Morning of the Earth is a reminder that we are all truly responsible for our decisions and actions. It is important that we individually and collectively embody those qualities that will ensure that we live a sustainable life, not one based on overproduction and overconsumption but one based on sensitivity to all life and on all levels on this Earth. Morning of the Earth reflects in a simple way how we can endure and sustain and enjoy our life here and leave a small footprint and a better world in our passing.” - Albert Falzon

This incredible art exhibition will be on display in the art gallery for the duration of the event. Prints will be available for purchase.

 
 
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The Community Arts Workshop

CAW is space for artistic endeavors and exploration—a "blank canvas" for artists, thinkers, innovators, and creators to develop ideas, make connections, and build community.

SBSFF Know Before You Go

Where is the SBSFF being held?

The Santa Barbara Surf Film Festival is taking place at the Community Arts Workshop located at 631 Garden St. Santa Barbara, CA.

What are the dates/times of the SBSFF?

The festival is taking place on Friday, March 18th from 3:00pm - 10:00pm and Saturday March 19th from 10:00am - 10:00pm. Youth programming will be taking place from 10:00am - 1:00pm on Saturday, March 19th.

Where will the SBSFF film screenings take place?

Featured screenings will be screened indoors and outdoors on both days of the festival.

Where can I buy SBSFF tickets/passes?

Tickets and passes are no longer available online please note,

Limited number of tickets will be available day of the festival at the Community Arts Workshop

Where can I pick up my SBSFF tickets/passes?

Tickets and passes will be available for pickup at the SBSFF Box Office located at the Community Arts Workshop/631 Garden St. The box office will be open at 3:00pm on Friday, March 18th, and 10:00am on Saturday, March 19th.

Will there be food/drink at the SBSFF?

Yes! Mony’s Taco Food truck will be on site both days and we will have alcoholic beverages for sale from Nosotros Tequila, High Seas Mead, Firestone Brewery, and Sunstone Winery. We will also have  non-alcoholic options for sale. Must be 21+ to consume alcohol. Be prepared to show ID.

What if it rains?

Screenings take place rain or shine. The Community Arts Workshop is a partially open air venue. Tickets and passes are not refunded due to the weather unless the SBSFF is canceled in its entirety with no dates for rescheduled screenings.

What should I wear?

Santa Barbara casual will work. Please be prepared for cooler evenings in Santa Barbara.

What should I bring to the SBSFF?

No oversized bags are allowed. No outside food or drink are allowed in the venue. The following articles are not allowed inside the venue: audio/video recording devices, lawn chairs, alcoholic beverages, firearms, pets, smoking, skateboards, bicycles, scooters, and skates.

What if I misplace or forget to bring my SBSFF tickets/passes?

Please email santabarbarasurffilmfestival@gmail.com before 3:00PM on the day of the festival or allow extra time to request new tickets at the venue box office. Two day or VIP wristbands will not be replaced if lost.

What if I lose something at the SBSFF?

Please check with our event staff at the SBSFF box office located at the entrance to the Community Arts

Is the venue ADA accessible?

The Community Arts Workshop is ADA accessible and we have seating accommodations for all screenings that are ADA accessible. If you need to make prior arrangements with us please contact us at santabarbarasurffilmfestival@gmai.com

What is your vaccination policy?

In accordance with local health guidelines, there will be no vaccination, testing or masking requirements for the SBSFF. 

The SBSFF shall be presented in accordance with applicable public health conditions as of the date of the event, which may change at any time by federal, state, or local government agencies. Such changes may include, but are not limited to, capacity limitation, attendance procedures and entry requirements such as proof of vaccination, and/or negative test requirement and other protective measures such as requiring attendees to wear face masks. If any ticket or passholder does not comply with any laws or health mandates, orders, or event directives, SBSFF may refuse admission to the event or require the ticket or passholder to leave the venue with no entitlement to reimbursement or refund. 

Covid 19 Warning & Attendee Acknowledgement: 

Covid-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. There is an elevated risk of exposure to Covid-19 in any public place where people are present, and there is no guarantee, express or implied, that those attending the SBSFF will not be exposed to Covid-19. 

 

SBSFF attendees agree to follow festival guidelines, including safety and health policies, and posted instructions on the festival website, ticketing website,  and at the venue. All attendees should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend the festival. By entering the festival, attendees voluntarily assume all risks associated to Covid-19 exposure and confirm that they will adhere to local quarantine mandates and CDC guidelines. CDC info can be found here: CDC.gov

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