Surfilmfestibal 2016 Is Almost Here

The raddest surf film festival on Planet Shred is back!

The raddest surf film festival on Planet Shred — Surfilmfestibal, held every summer in the Basque city of San Sebastián — is back for its 14th edition, and will look a little something like…


Clean Waves (Olas Limpias) | The Aquarium | San Sebastián.
A series of presentations and screenings focussing on environmentally friendly equipment, research and development in the surf industry, the circular economy and more.

Aventura Oceánica | Albaola Factoria Marítima | Pasajes.
The opening party to the summer! Aventura Oceáica is an evening of film, music, craftsmanship and revelry, held in the magical environs of the nearby town of Pasajes. Screenings will include Kepa Acero and Igor Bellido’s new short film, an extract from Patrick Trefz’s latest work Idiosyncrasies, Lea Brassi’s Simple Voyage and El Dorado’s The Man Who Sails with Stars. There’ll also be music from Lee Ann Curren’s band Betty the Shark, Elena y la Verbena, and the Mammas (Mario Azurza a.k.a. el Ciruelo’s duo), plus artisanal food and beer provided by local producers, live surfboard shaping, and a chance to admire the San Juan — a 16th century style ship currently under construction — as it nears completion. Tickets and more info here.

La Zurriola Hang Out | La Zurriola | San Sebastián
A hilarious day of fun, games and music on the beach.

¡¡Fiesta!! | Dabadaba | San Sebastián
Customary Saturday night debauchery at local club Dabadaba.

Film Screenings | El Teatro Principal | San Sebastián
Further details to be announced soon.

Surfzilla, the official artwork for Surfilmfestibal14

Artist Miguel Brieva’s series of satirical images, inspired by an ongoing, real-life scenario, depicts the destruction of three perfect waves, sacrificed to make way for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Osaki, Kabune and Inamua are three important waves in Japan, known to surfers from all around the world. The last of the three is a world-class wave, home of the big wave contest Inamura Classic, but the construction of the breakwater for the Olympic Games will mean the end of all three of these spots. We will always be against any intervention that has a negative effect on the coast (and the natural environment more generally), but even more so when it is conducted in the name of an Olympic Games at which, on the back of developments in artificial wave technology, surfing has been touted as an Olympic sport.

This seems to us a perfect example of the neurosis that governs our society: we destroy the natural world in order to emulate it with new technology. This is one of the contradictions with which the surfing world will have to live if surfing is one day to become an Olympic sport, although it now seems unlikely that this will happen in 2020. What is certain is that in four years’ time we will lose three more waves.


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