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Newport Film Festival Rides Waves for Riding Giants Premiere
Newport Beach is well known for the surf, sun and most recently the Fox hit The OC. The Newport Beach Film Festival, which is held each April, sponsors special presentations throughout the year,
"It was a natural to assist Sony Pictures with a special premiere screening of this exciting surf film" said Gregg Schwenk, executive director of the Festival. The event also was a fund-raiser for The Surfrider Foundation, an organization founded to protect the world's beaches, and Oceans of Hope, a surfer's cancer assistance organization. The screening took place at the Lido Theater, which is now becoming known as the Surf Theater of the West Coast.
Sam George auctioned off a classic ?Big Gun surfboard shaped by Rich Harbour of Harbour Surfboards, who made some of the early 60s and 70s big wave surfboards. Harbour made this board just for this evening in a tribute to big wave riding. The beautiful 10 ft big wave Rhino Chaser with balsa stringers went for a record $5,000 to the charity event. It was even more of a boost, as during the screening of Riding Giants, the crowd let go with loud hoots and screams as the waves got bigger and bigger with up to 60 foot waves being ridden by these Iron Men of Surf.
Afterward, the Lido Theater Walkway transformed into a Tiki Hut delight as guests dined on Asian inspired wok dishes and Mai Tai drinks. Entertainment was provided by a rock ukulele band and hula dancers, including an impromptu hula contest with some of the surfers shaking on stage. The movie had everyone captivated as most of the conversation was about the waves, surfers and the amazing photography.
Top picture: Big Wave Legend Laird Hamilton, left with baby, and surf fan Bottom: Surf stars arrive in style
The Newport Beach Film Festival looks to continue its special screening throughout the year and host it's Festival next April 2005. This past year the Festival screened over 350 films, with more than 27,000 people in attendance. For more information, visit www.newportbeachfilmfest.com
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