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Santa Cruz, CA
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Schedule + Tickets



All Screenings At the Rio theatre, 1205 soquel ave, santa Cruz

Every Ticket gives you a chance to win goods from our awesome sponsors.

 Plus, the first 50 people at every screening get a goodie bag!

General: $16 // Groms 12 & under: $10 // All-screening pass: $50

(plus 5% admission tax)

 A portion of all ticket sales goes to benefit Surfrider Foundation.

FRIDAY EARLY: 6:30 - 8:15 PM


Director: James Fazio
Running time: 1 hour 23 mins

Four boys from different parts of the world who have lived through homelessness, poverty, abuse and death all find refuge in the ocean, on a journey to not let their pasts define who they will become.

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Director: Russell Brownley
Running time: 11 mins
"Generations" is a collection of snapshots that celebrates the many ways women enjoy the same ocean playground through evolving stages of their lives. From living completely in the present, to pushing past their fears and boundaries, teaching their daughters what they learned from their mothers, and reflecting on how they came to live their dreams—no matter the pivots and shifts in the journey of womanhood, the sea is our constant companion.



FRIDAY late: 8:45-11:00 PM


Director: Tony Harrington
Running time: 1 hour 3 mins

An epic surf trip and a love letter to the ocean weaving together personal stories and experiences captured at the most incredible surf breaks around the world. The stories in this film take us deeply into how time in the water makes people feel, about respect for the marine environment and its creatures, and why as surfers we are drawn to the most mystical and powerful places on our planet -- our oceans. Filmed in legendary surf locations around the world including Pipeline, Mavericks, Jaws, South and North West Australia, featuring Jamie Mitchell, Jeff Clark, Dave Kalama and many more surfers who consider the ocean their second home.


Director: Andrew Kaineder
Running time: 6 mins

Fusing cold water surfing, dance & poetry, Easkey Britton explores a synodic month from a female perspective. Take an emotive journey through the places in-between, where instability reigns supreme. Embracing the imperfections as we connect with ourselves and the environment around us.


Director: Antonio Valverde
Running time: 4 mins

I didn't come into this world
I came out of it like a wave from the ocean
I'm not a stranger here
My name is John.


Director: Chris Case
Running time: 7 mins

Forgiving Pipeline

Director: Tay Steele
Running time: 6 mins

Follow-up to Tay's short film Lumière, awarded Best Short in the 2017 Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival.
While photography has taken Amber Mozo all around the world, shooting some of the most beautiful known surf breaks, until this winter, she hadn't yet swam out into the lineup that stole her father's life — Pipeline. This winter, however, under the tutelage of fellow North Shore surf photographer, Zak Noyle, Amber swam into the Pipeline lineup for the very first time during the 2018 Volcom Pipe Pro.

SATURDAY EARLY: 6:30 - 8:15 PM


Risky Ripples

Director: Andrew Kaineder
Running time: 25 mins

Acclaimed South African big wave surfer, Matthew Bromley, searches the globe for that one life-changing ride.





Director: Elena Ehrenbold
Running time: 15 mins

In a world in which consumer society is setting an ever-accelerating pace, a young French shaper faces the challenge of staying true to his own rhythm in life. TAN (Creole "time", Breton "fire") tells the story of Robin Goffinet, a passionate surfer based in Finisterre (Brittany) and dedicated to the creation of sustainable surfboards. In addition to breathtaking landscapes and stylish surfing, TAN invites the audience to the inspiring universe of innovative surfboard crafting.

Director: Chris Case
Running time: 4 mins


Director: Rebecca Coley
Running time: 18 mins

The inspiring story of Yasniar 'Bonne' Gea and her journey from growing up in a humble muslim family on the island of Nias to blazing the trail to become Indonesia's first female champion surfer. The film documents her return to the Point as she revisits her family, friends and old life, while continuing to challenge the obstacles she faced down to pioneer her way to becoming a champion.

Running time: 7 mins

La Torche shows two crazy french surfers, Gaspard Larsonneur and Ian Fontaine surfing by night at the famous spot of La Torche, one of the best in France. The surfers are floodlit with yellow and purple spotlights, making this never-before-seen technical challenge into an unforgettable viewing experience.


Director: Luca Merli
Running time: 26 mins

A journey in search of adventures, unexplored shores, empty waves in the Mediterranean's most secluded places, living with almost zero carbon footprint. This is a surf film about our small ocean, the cradle of civilization and a reflection on living a simple lifestyle in symbiosis with nature.

SATURDAY late: 8:45-11:00 PM



Director: Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist
Running time: 1 hour 46 mins

The surf documentary you do not want to miss! Nominated for Best Documentary and Audience Award at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

Surfer magazine article:

For the first time in their careers, the core members of surfing's most legendary crew – including Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Taylor Knox, Benji Weatherley, Kalani Robb, Ross Williams, Taylor Steele, and Pat O'Connell – have agreed to tell their story together. Filmmakers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist were given unprecedented access to their inner circle, and tens of thousands of hours of private archives. From executive producers Robert Redford, Laura Michalchyshyn, Greg Little and Karen Lauder, MOMENTUM GENERATION shows the deep friendships that were formed and tested throughout their careers as top athletes and cultural icons.

After leaving their families in their early teens to live crammed together in a house on the north shore of Oahu, they courageously followed each other into Mother Nature's most dangerous waves... And when some of them didn't make it back to shore, together they found a way to mourn and adapt.  Fueled by camaraderie – but even more so by a deep-seated competitiveness – this tight-knit crew became known as the "Momentum Generation" after being featured in Taylor Steele’s groundbreaking films. They went on to win world titles, break records, and redefine the world's perception of the surfer, youth culture, and of what it means to be free. 

As told through their own voices, captured over the course of multiple years of production and with full access to the crew’s private video archive, the momentum generation surfers reflect on the complexity of the brotherhood and competition that shaped their shared emotional journey and made these pioneers both heroic and human.


Refunds may be issued up to 24 hours before the ticketed event. Four-screening passes are refundable up to (and including) October 1st, 2018.