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Jesus-themed surf movie returns with Silver anniversary

Joey Buran, Hawaii 1982



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SON Riders team up with CTN Lifestyle Broadcast Partners

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 June, 2014 - To celebrate the Silver Anniversary of winning Hollywood's Gold and Silver Angel Awards from 'Excellence in Media' (For 'Best Sports Movie' and 'Best Original Soundtrack', respectively); the producers of this landmark, Christian Surfing classic, SON Riders have teamed-up with CTN Lifestyle Broadcast Partners; Christian Surfers, Walking on Water, Beautiful Feet, Cobian Sandals, The Perfect Wave, Revival Ministries International (RMI) and the Christian Television Network (CTN) to launch a special commemorative edition re-Release of SON Riders on DVD with summer showings in June, July and August on the new CTN Lifestyle Family Network.

"Christian Surfers founder Jerry Dow along with other ministry and surf industry "partners" like Billabong USA (Bob Hurley) and G&S (Larry Gordon); were part of our original SON Riders support team for the production and coast to coast, global tour. Therefore, we are pleased to partner with Christian Surfers on the Silver Anniversary Release of the long anticipated SON Riders DVD." SON Riders Producers

“As a young, pro surfer I watched ‘Son Riders’ and the testimonies of the surfers made a huge impact in my life. Later, I became a follower of Jesus Christ and realized that more movies like Son Riders needed to be produced. Now on the Silver Anniversary of Son Riders and 15 years after my first movie; over 4 million people have heard the Gospel as a result of watching Son Riders and the following Walking On Water films I was inspired to produce. I want to thank the producers of ‘Son Riders’ for their inspiration!” Bryan Jennings, Founder/Producer of Walking On Water Films

In celebration of SON Riders Silver Anniversary of winning the Gold Angel Award for ‘Best Sports Film’ in 1989; the new CTN Lifestyle Network will be broadcasting the entire movie during the months of June, July and August. The two hour programming block will feature Promotional Trailers from Christian Surfers, Walking on Water’s latest film; ‘Beyond Sight’, Beautiful Feet, Cobian Sandals (w/ ‘Soul Surfer’, Bethany Hamilton), ‘The Perfect Wave’, Church 7000 and other broadcast ministry “partners”.

SON Riders, Produced by Mark Hartman & Jeff Killian in Association with Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, The Word For Today & Erik Jacobson. With additional support from Campus Crusade for Christ's High School Ministry (Student Venture/CRU); G&S (Larry Gordon); Billabong (Bob Hurley); Christian Surfers, along with other ministries and surf related organizations. 

SON Riders is the original movie that takes an exclusive behind the scenes look at Joey Buran’s 1984 Pipeline Master’s Victory and how his “empty feeling” of standing alone on the beach at Pipeline after the contest, lead ‘The California Kid’ to make a decision to lay his surfboard and contest trophies at the cross and follow Christ. Also chronicling Mike Lambresi's three consecutive U.S. Championship Titles and Gary Clisby's remarkable story of how he survived a head-on collision en route to a surfing contest; and his miraculous recovery, after Doctors told him he would never surf again!

Join the SON Riders as they follow the pro circuits in California & Hawaii and journey to Baja's magical Isla Natividad for a Mexican 'Barrel Fest'. Featuring 1984 Pipeline Masters Champion (and ’98 ASP World Masters Champ) Joey Buran; 3X PSAA U.S. Champion, Mike Lambresi; Peter King (PK); Gary Clisby; and Jimmy Hogan. With Special Appearances by 3X ASP World Champion Tom Curren, and top surfers Dave Macaulay (Australia) and Pierre Tostee (South Africa).

Just as a young Kelly Slater was arriving on the pro surfing scene, the SON Riders were making waves and taking a stand for their faith, while competing on the World Pro Tour. 1989′s Gold Angel Award Winning SON Riders takes an intimate look behind the contest jerseys at the driving force that motivates these champion surfers to seek more than the next perfect wave; with a desire to know the one who first “Walked on Water”! “For even the winds and the waves obey Him”, Luke 8:22-25.  As then Surfer Magazine Editor, Paul Holmes said; "SON Riders features Hot Action and a Powerful Message". 

Shot entirely on Beta Cam and 3/4" video, SON Riders was featured on ESPN’s popular ‘Surfer Magazine’ show in 1989 for featuring some of the most “High Profile” surfers of the day, taking a public stand for their Christian faith and living a "clean, ocean oriented lifestyle". Prior to the release of SON Riders; Pro Surfers Joey Buran, Mike Lambresi and Tom Curren banded together to run a full page surf magazine ad announcing a Christian Fellowship on the ASP World Pro Tour.

SON Riders was also lauded for breaking ground in this “new technical frontier” of video vs. film; as the first “Surf Film” to be shot entirely using commercial grade, high resolution video cameras and also the first (major Surf Movie release) to utilize large screen video projection for it’s “Theatrical Tour”, as opposed to the standard 16mm Projection that was common for surf documentaries, in the late 1980′s. This was state of the art in the pre HD Digital era.

SON Riders Scheduled Broadcast (Summer) Airings on CTN Lifestyle Network: ALL Times = EST (Eastern Standard - U.S.)

CTN Lifestyle Family Network

Week of 6/20: movie #1 – Fri 6/20 - 8p, Sat 6/21 - 12a, 10p, Mon 6/23 - 3a, Thu 6/26 - 3a

Week of 7/25: movie #2 – Sat 7/26 12a, 8p, Sun 2a, 10p, Thu 3a

Week of 8/22: movie #3 – Fri 8/22 - 3a 10p, Sun 8/24 -12a, 8p, Tue 8/26 - 3a


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