Sofia I 31 mins | Spain I 2019
Director/Producer: Matic Carl and Maja Žerak
Canary Islands are one of the best surfing destinations in Europe during the whole year. They are known as European Hawaii with the best climate in the Spain. Sofía is a short documentary film about the life of a young surfer girl Sofía De Tomás, Canary Islands’ surf champion from La Orotava, Tenerife. Through interviews and cinematic shoots, film demonstrates her surfing lifestyle and the beginning of her surf career. Surfing for her is a sport that traps you, and once you start it you can’t stop, you want more. It’s something she can’t live without, just like art. And she really knows how to connect it. If she’s not surfing, painting is something that helps her express too.
PAIGE I 22 MINS I HAWAII I 2019
Director/Producer: Bjarne Salen
Paige the film looks at what drives her, what inspires her, and how she turns fear into fuel when the surf gets huge. Paige Alms grew up just a few miles from Pe‘ahi, one of the best big waves on the planet. But it’s her extraordinary passion, dedication and work ethic that have helped her break down barriers and set a new standard for women’s big wave surfing.
INNER WILD I 20 MINS I MEXICO I 2018
Directors: Jack Coleman and Leah Dawson Cinematographer: Jack Coleman Editor: Jack Coleman Photographer: Luki O’Keefe Music: Princess Resting Hour - African Tommi Poem written by: Leah Dawson
Inner Wild is a visual exploration into the joy a group of women find in the sea, showcasing their talented, unique approaches to riding waves, while sharing together the essence of the magnetic ocean.
Introducing the Super Stoked Surf Mamas of Pleasure Point I 20 MINS | USA| 2018
Director/Producer: Elizabeth Pepin Silva & Paul Ferraris
Introducing the Super Stoked Surf Mamas ) is a story about friendship, pregnancy and surfing. Mayra Aguilar, Jenny Bennett, Grace Gooch, Ashley Lloyd and Katie Loggins are a group of surfers who live near Pleasure Point, a world-class surf spot in Santa Cruz, California. Mayra Aguilar was the subject of Elizabeth Pepin Silva and Paul Ferraris’s 2015 award winning film La Maestra, while Ashley Lloyd is a former professional surfer who is now a surfboard shaper and singer in a band. Jenny, Grace and Katie are also avid and accomplished surfers.
Through surfing and a love for the ocean, the five women become friends. So when they all become pregnant around the same time, it is natural that the women turn to each other for support and encouragement. Ignoring people who tell them to stop surfing while pregnant, the women decide instead to listen to their own bodies and continue doing what they love -- just with some extra precautions and modifications.
The women in the film discuss the challenges they face as their bellies grow bigger and their wetsuits no longer fit, but also the joy of being in the water with their unborn child inside them experiencing the ocean together as one. Once their babies are born, the women face new challenges in dealing with their changed bodies and the responsibilities of caring for a needy little one. Finances won’t allow any of the women to pay for child care, so instead they once again turn to each other, creating a surf mama group so that half the mamas go surf, while the others watch the kids – and then they switch off.
Although the film is about surfing, the story is more universal, demonstrating the power of coming together as a community and the support and friendship women can give to each other to accomplish their goals – to be mothers, or anything else in their lives.
CHANGING POINT I 17 MINS I Indonesia I 2017
Director/Producer: Rebecca Coley
The true story of Indonesia's first female champion surfer, Bonne Gea. Growing up in a Muslim family on the island of Nias Bonne blazed her own trail to become a champion and break out of her traditional role in life. Growing up in a Muslim family on the island of Nias Bonne blazed her own trail to become a champion and break out of her traditional role in life.
The answer to her self imposed question of “how can I transform plastic waste around the world into usable items?”: plastic fashion. A year later Teal kept her promise and returned to the island dressed from head to toe in clothing made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. Maldives also features the forbidden Thilafushi, also known as Trash Island, where 300-400 tons of waste are dumped everyday. Only Teal, with her boundless optimism and enthusiasm, can look out onto that massive landfill and see potential… and a lot of pink bikinis.
SURF GIRLS JAMAICA I 16:28 MINS I JAMAICA I 2018
Director/Producer: Joya Berrow & Lucy Jane
Imani Wilmot is a role model to a community of Afro Caribbean surfers in Jamaica and beyond. She is using surfing as a tool to transform the lives of many Jamaican woman.
ALTERNATIVA I 16:43 MINS I USA I 2018
Director/Producer: Zach Weisberg
In Summer of 2018, The Inertia traveled to El Salvador with Kassia Meador, Leah Dawson, and Lola Mignot, three outstanding women who are inspiring the next generation of ocean lovers through their alternative approach to both surfing and life. Each has developed a strong voice as a leader in surfing, and managed to do so on her own terms. They ride the boards they want, spearhead projects that speak to their passions, and keep their eyes peeled for interesting ways to engage that fascinating nexus where surfing and the rest of the world collide.
THIS WAY I 13:45 MINS I USA I 2019
Director/Producer: Elley Norman
Two surfers. One skateboarder. One 1994 stretch limo. 120 cans of PBR. One long road down the east coast of the US. 9 days of good times. Featuring Nora Vasconcellos , Laura Enever & Jaleesa Vincent in ‘THIS WAY’.
DEL MAR I 10:30 MINS I MEXICO I 2018
"Del Mar" is a trip through the experiences, efforts, achievements and aspirations of Kristal Hernández, a mexican surfer born in Zihuatanejo, who, even thought she grew up with limitations, and she became a young single mother, she enjoys her passion for the surf and she keeps fighting to achieve her dreams, she is now a two times national surf champion in Mexico.
CIRCLE OF THE SUN I 4:30 MINS I NORWAY I 2019
Produced by Lena Stoffel, filmed by Inigo Grasset, additional cinematography Daniel Schießl
The movie „Circle of the Sun“ takes you on an almost surreal journey to Norway. It describes one Circle of the sun. One day of magic. Steep mountains and the ocean, the sun and the aurora borealis. The Arctic. A place where you truly get lost in nature. Skiing and Surfing in one day. Lena Stoffel and her crew experienced this dreamy place in all its glory.
Starting the day with a perfect surf in the cold arctic sea and ending it at last lights on top of a mountain. Dreaming with northern lights above their van and doing the reverse the next day. Skiing in the morning and ending the day with an endless sunset into the ocean. The movie is one piece of art. The breathtaking pictures, the special soundtrack and Lena’s voice give it this special flow. It’s all one.
TOFINO IS A PLACE I 4 MINS I British Columbia I 2019
Director/Producer: Ryan Struck
The women's surf community in Tofino is a unique as British Columbia is remote. The annual all female surf contest Queen of the Peak was started by women and is a testament to the grit and determination of the women who live there.
FIRST BEACH | 3:17 MINUTES | USA | 2018
Director/Producer: HAYMAKER, Reef, Tyler Haft
10 young adults from foster care experience their first beach and the transformative power of the ocean.