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Surf Film “Chasing Dora” Raises Funds for Save the Waves Coalition

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 October, 2007 : - - Special screening of “Chasing Dora,” a surf movie with the unique twist inspired by one of surfing’s most enigmatic characters.Proceeds to benefit Save the Waves Coalition. Date: Sunday, October 21, 2007Time: Doors Open at 6:30 PM – Film Starts at 8:00 PM. Come early and enjoy live music, silent auction, surf raffle and micro-brews provided by local San Francisco brewers, 21st Amendment.

Tickets: $10 General Admission and $25 VIP Admission - Tickets available online at (VIP Tickets include premiere theater seating, drink ticket, Save the Waves membership and goodie bag.) Live Music, Silent Auction, Surf Raffle and Micro-Brews provided by 21st Amendment.

The Filmmakers, along with local surfer / film star, Marc Andreini, will be in attendance, as well as other special guests to be included. There will be a question and answer session following the film.

Screening Location and Information

Victoria Theatre, San Francisco :2961 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (one block south of the 16th and Mission Bart Station) Info: Victoria Theatre: (415) 863-7576 Save the Waves (831) 426-6169 Tickets:

About Save the Waves Coalition:  Save the Waves is an environmental coalition dedicated to preserving the world's surf spots and their surrounding environments. The organization’s goal is to preserve and protect surfing locations around the planet and to educate the public about their value.

Save the Waves works in partnership with local communities, foreign and national governments, as well as other conservation groups to prevent coastal development from entering the surf zone. Save the Waves is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

About the film:  “Chasing Dora” is the story of three California surfers who decided to bring to life an epic challenge thrown down by one of surfing’s greatest stylists, the renowned maverick, Miki Dora, who died in 2002 at age 67. Dora was one of the sport’s most iconic figures. He railed against the commercialization of surfing, yet endorsed one of the best-selling surfboard models of the mid-’60s surf boom

he decried competitive surfing, yet still chose to enter some, and floated schemes to promote others; he shunned publicity, yet managed to use the surf media to create an almost mythic persona for himself.

“Chasing Dora” takes on one of his radical ideas—that the ultimate test of a truly great surfer would be in a contest for the longest wave ridden, on a self-made wooden board, with no equipment or accessories that stemmed from the industrial age—no plastics, no neoprene suits, no surf leashes.

The challenge took the film’s stars, Robert "Wingnut" Weaver, Marc Andreini (local San Francisco surfer), and Mickey “The Mongoose” Muñoz, halfway around the world to Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa, where they faced some of the largest swells of the year on their hand-made wood boards, wearing nothing but wool trunks and vests in frigid 50 degree water.

But “Chasing Dora” is not just a film of retro adventure. By a fortunate coincidence, the crew arrived at Jeffrey’s Bay just after a top-flight World Championship Tour event and many of the pro surfers had stuck around to enjoy free surfing in the fantastic surf conditions. Amazing contemporary action from World Champions Kelly Slater and Andy Irons stands in stark contrast to Dora’s anachronistic challenge.

“Chasing Dora” is a film by TJ Barrack and Wes Brown, who is the grandson of Bruce Brown, whose mid-’60s movie “The Endless Summer” remains the most successful surf film of all time. Wes Brown’s father, Dana, is also an accomplished documentary surf filmmaker, best known for his 2003 hit, “Step Into Liquid” and soon to be released “High Water” coming out summer/fall 2007. Chasing Dora has gone on to win many prestigious Film Festivals around the world.

Starring: Robert "Wingnut" Weaver, Marc Andreini, and Mickey Munoz, Director of Photography: Jeff Cunningham, Water Photography: Larry Haynes Associate Producer and Music Supervisor: Jason Annis, Music: Danny Saber. This screening of “Chasing Dora” is made possible by the generous support of Fuel TV.

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