I was shocked on many levels when I went to the London Surf Film Festival last weekend.
Shocked that there it was such a big event at a prestigious London venue, at the quality of the films on offer, at how packed it was and at the youth and socio-economic profile of the attendees. It would have been a marketeer’s wet dream and I predict bigger sponsors next year.
The winners have now been announced. They were ‘Here and Now’ – Best film sponsored by Oakley, ‘North of the Sun’ – best documentary, Best Cinematography award, presented by XSories was won by Dear Suburbia, The Spirit of the Festival Award went to: The Africa Project, and Best British Film, presented by Finisterre was the excellent The Endless Winter.
The reason for my shock was that when I lived in London I didn’t know ANY other surfers and would stop my car to talk to anyone with a board on their roof. There were no surf shops in the capital and I was regarded as one of a strange breed.
Times – and surfing – change. Its fantastic that such a festival can thrive in London – as long as they all don’t come to Brighton to surf, of course!