NY Surf Film Festival | Power Of Three, by Ross Cairns 

New York Surf Film Festival Presented by JetBlue Airways and The Dominican Republic has put the final touches on this years festival Feature program which features sixteen films with filmmakers from the across the globe. This premier showcase of feature length surf films screens September 25th – 27th, 2009 at Tribeca Cinemas in Lower Manhattan.

The 2009 NY Surf Film Festival Feature Program provides a range of cinematic viewpoints, from biographies of notable surfers overcoming personal barriers, to controversial dark adventures to uncover historical surf spots and the necessary illegal means to keep them running, to rising above the racial and gender invisible boundaries to the surprising unlikely locales and environments that have spawned surfing communities.

“I can’t believe how many incredible films are out there. This years program is going to propel peoples’ perceptions to a completely new height and understanding of what a surf film can be,” said Tyler Breuer, co-founder of the New York Surf Film Festival.


Powers of Three, by Ross Cairns, Fergal Smith, Tom Lowe and Mickey Smith are going against the grain of the norm, they are seeking out the biggest, the heaviest, most unpredictable and hidden breaks around Ireland Why? Because they are Artists, they are driven by an unquenchable passion for their art and never choose the easy route. Powers of Three is a documentary that follows three remarkable guys as they pioneer and conquer Irish waves through the bleak winter months.

A Pleasant Surprise, by Kyle Pahlow, offers an honest look at the talents of a select group of surfers who live in a truly special part of the United States. Almost three years in the making, this film documents a world of contrast as daily changes in weather and waves prove to be all part of a larger picture; thumping beach breaks, cold water, and quick tropical storms are just a fraction of what you will find. Brought to you in Super 16mm, A Pleasant Surprise allows for the full beauty of this region and its surfers to be realized. Starring New Jersey’s top professional & amateur surfers Ian Bloch, Luke Ditella, Andrew Gesler, Sam Hammer, Zach Humphries, Chris Kelly, Rob Kelly, Matt Keenan, Ben McBrien, Jamie Moran, Tommy Petriken, Randy Townsend & Brendan Willem


Grant Baker surfs huge wave at Dungeons 

An El Niño condition may be brewing, but in the Southern Hemisphere there is no more waiting as extraordinary storms have been a regular occurrence over the last several weeks, generating some of the most intense surf seen in years.  Most recently, one of the biggest and best swells to ever hit South Africa arrived last Sunday, producing more eye-popping entries into the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards fueled by Monster Energy.  Those latest photographs may be viewed on the BillabongXXL.com website.

This was the third significant swell to strike the region in ten days, sparking a series of key sessions at the spooky big wave break of Dungeons, off of Cape Town.  A warm-up swell hit the region on August 6, followed by a huge and windy episode on August 11 which saw some massive tow-in waves worthy of the XXL Biggest Wave category.  And on August 16 yet another enormous swell arrived, but this time with pristine sunny weather and light offshore winds -- every surfer's ideal scenario.

According to Surfline forecaster Ken Wallis, "A large complex low pressure system was spinning in the South Atlantic this past week, occupying most of the ocean between South Africa and Argentina. As a result of this consistent storm activity, a series of XXL size southwest swells have been slamming the West Coast of South Africa and, more specifically, the big wave break Dungeons.


Tim Boal 

Some excellent surf in the three-foot (one meter) range made the second day of the ASP WQS 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro an exciting show of progressive surfing, the good quality sand bank delivering fun launching ramps for today’s competitors. With Round 1 coming to an end and the first couple of heats of Round 2 being completed by day’s end, it was a day of high performance surfing with reigning ASP World Junior Champion Kai Barger (Maui, HAW), 19, dominating proceedings.

Barger, who won his maiden ASP World Junior title last January in Australia, showed he was more than ready to compete against the world’s best surfers, the Maui resident posting an impressive 17.64 point heat score including a near perfect 9.27 point ride.

“It was a pretty tricky heat and I wasn’t confident when it started,” Barger said. “Then I got a first wave that was good enough, the second was better and the third even better so I had a lot of fun in the end. I got a bit lucky to get the first one and I was super stoked wave after wave so I just tried to stay out of trouble and any interference.”

Barger, who has been awarded a wildcard by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) to start in Round 2 of every major ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) events this year thanks to his world crown, was surfing his first heat at Lacanau today and came up with fantastic surfing.

“I was really nervous and I thought I was going to lose actually,” Barger said. “It’s great to have that opportunity to enter the events along with the top seeds and it gives me a year of practice amongst the WQS. With the points I will have at the end of this year I will be able to do the whole tour next year. I haven’t had any good results, actually haven’t made it past Round 3 at any of the big events so far.”

Barger’s performance left all his peers amazed and cheering the Hawaiian on every of his flying maneuvers, taking off in perfect new-school skateboarding-like style to land several air-reverse maneuvers. Following the final heat of Round 1, where Barger and Thiago Camarao (BRA) offered the best show of the thus far, was event top seed Tim Boal (Anglet, FRA), 25, the Frenchman opening Round 2 of competition.