- 12 February 2010 | Surfing
Greenlight Alert! The wait is over, the votes have been counted, and the 24 invitees have chosen to call The 2009/2010 Mavericks Surf Contest® Presented by Sony Ericsson and Barracuda Networks for 8 a.m. on Saturday February 13, 2010. Showcasing 24 of the world’s finest big-wave surfers, the largest prize purse in the history of big-wave surfing at $150,000, a groundbreaking live webcast program, and four former Contest Champions, the Mavericks Surf Contest® returns once again to the epic Half Moon Bay break.
2009/2010 Contest Invitees. Mavericks is proud to present the 2009/2010 INVITEES (in alphabetical order): Matt Ambrose, Ben Andrews, Grant Baker, Ion Banner, Chris Bertish, Carlos Burle, Kenny Collins, Shane Desmond, Nathan Fletcher, Brock Little, Greg Long, Josh Loya, Peter Mel, Shawn Rhodes, Ryan Seelbach, Evan Slater, Tyler Smith, Jamie Sterling, Anthony Tashnick, Darryl Virostko, Grant Washburn, Dave Wassell, Tim West, and Zach Wormhoudt. The 15 alternates are (in order of priority): Alex Martins, Danilo Couto, Mark Healey, Tyler Fox, Rusty long, Nic Lamb, Jamie Mitchell, Mike Gerhardt, Russell Smith, Kealii Mamala, Garrett McNamara, Andrew Marr, Lawton Smith, John Whittle, Colin Dwyer.
- 11 February 2010 | Surfing
Transporting a real-life tale of adventure, tragedy, courage, and a story as impressive as Hawaii's most famous waves, principal photography began this week on the North Shores of Oahu and Kauai, on Soul Surfer. The inspirational film is based on the autobiography of 19-year-old champion surfer Bethany Hamilton, who, for over six years, has defied all odds to compete and win professional championships after losing her arm in a shark attack at age thirteen.
Soul Surfer stars Golden Globe nominee Dennis Quaid (as Bethany's father Tom), Academy Award winner Helen Hunt (as Bethany's mother Cheri), Young Artist Award winner AnnaSophia Robb (as Bethany Hamilton) and four-time Grammy winner and platinum-selling music artist Carrie Underwood (as Church Youth Leader Sarah Hill) in her film debut. The cast also includes Lorraine Nicholson (as Alana Blanchard) and Kevin Sorbo (as Holt Blanchard). Watch the trailer for the "Soul Surfer" movie, here.
Newly launched Mandalay Vision and Brookwell McNamara Entertainment and Life's A Beach Entertainment present Soul Surfer, a Sean McNamara Film, distributed by Affirm Films, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company, financed by Enticing Entertainment and Island Film Group. Sean McNamara will direct from a screenplay by McNamara, Deborah Schwartz, Douglas Schwartz and Michael Berk based on the best-selling novel Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton. Contributors to the screenplay include Ron Bass, Jen Smolka and Kara Holden. The film is produced by Douglas Schwartz, David Brookwell, Sean McNamara and Roy Dutcher Hofstetter and executive produced by David Zelon, David Tice and Dominic Ianno.
- 11 February 2010 | Surfing
Experienced competitors Leo Alcantara and Pascual Silverio won "The Bride of the Atlantic Surf Festival 2010" at the Puntilla beach in Puerto Plata, in front of Fort San Felipe, with a posthumous tribute of the birth of musical artist Eduardo Brito, February 6 and 7, 2010.
Organized by the Federación Dominicana de Surf (FEDOSURF), chaired by Nestor Puente, the annual competition was audited for the first time with computer software used by national judges.
Leo Alcantara of Santo Domingo, was motivated both days of the competition, drawing waves and trusting in God. With eight waves total, his deft maneuvers earned high scores of 7.33 and 6.30, for a total of 13.63 points. He dedicated his First Place win to his girlfriend Sandra.
Alcantara, an athlete with fifteen years in the sport, resides in Cabarete and teaches surfing at Encuentro beach. He is a graduate of the University of the Caribbean.