The Endless Winter – exclusive advance screening


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The Endless Winter – exclusive advance screening

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 August, 2012 : - - The Museum of British Surfing and Croyde Deckchair Cinema will present an exclusive UK preview of the epic new Brit surf flick – 'The Endless Winter' at 7.30pm on Sunday August 19th, 2012 at Croyde Village Hall.

This documentary explores the UK surf heritage on the big screen. It goes on a full tour later this summer. The film talks to legends around the British coast, shows never before seen archive footage, and highlights the current crews at some of Britain’s best surf breaks.

Written, directed and produced by Matt Crocker and James Dean at Level Films, the movie is described by Steve Barlotti at Surfer Magazine as: “Beautifully produced and entertaining. It celebrates the wonderfully eccentric British surf culture with deft skill and humour.” Both filmmakers will be there on the night, to make it a very special evening.

The Museum of British Surfing helped in the production of the film,  supplying archive film & photos, hooking the team up with contacts in the surfing world & assisting the script writing.

Mark ‘Egor’ Harris and Mitch Corbett travelled around Britain meeting surfing legends and discovering each region’s history. Their stories are told through interviews, archive footage and new animations. It is a film of the characters, heritage and uncompromising passion that make British surfing unique.



Lone surfer Linda Sharp tells her story

It was cold and polluted, but that didn't stop surf pioneer Linda Sharp from spending endless winters off Aberavon breakwater. The Sandfields comprehensive pupil loved the wave that bounced off the breakwater to create, in surfing parlance, a long left-hander. Linda, 59, said she was the only woman who surfed there during the winter for some ten years, and her story is now being told in the new film, 'The Endless Winter'

Linda, a talented swimmer and former lifeguard, recalled trying out a surfboard at Aberavon for the first time in the summer of 1968, aged 15. "It was brilliant," she said. "I stood up on the first wave. I was not afraid of the water, and I used to do gymnastics."

She bought her first board for £11 and carried on surfing that autumn and winter, wearing a black rugby jersey until Father Christmas came up trumps with a wetsuit. Two years later she upgraded her board, this time for the princely sum of £24, and then made herself a wetsuit.

"From then it was just keep going — I surfed every day," she said, adding she would drag her two younger brothers out of bed in the summer to keep her company out on the waves. "The water was filthy, there was untreated sewage and effluent from industry. But you just didn't think about the water. I didn't really know any different."

She avoided swallowing any water and always showered afterwards, and never got ill. It was only when she went on to compete in places like Cornwall and Pembrokeshire that she realised there were cleaner watery pastures out there.

Her daughter Angharad, 14, is showing real promise as a surfer, but Linda is not averse to showing her old video clips and saying: "You're not as good as me yet!" The film's co-director and co-writer Matt Crocker said the nearby steelworks made Aberavon, which can hold a wave of 12ft, an unusual surf spot.

Source: Museum of Surfing

Author: The Editors

Tags: The Endless Winter, Mark Egor Harris, Mitch Corbett,

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