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Chasing Dora Benefit for Save the Waves

12:34 17th October 2007 by
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Join Save the Waves at the screening of “Chasing Dora,” a film by TJ Barick and Wes Brown, at the historic Victoria Theatre in San Francisco, California.

When: Sunday, October 21, 2007

Where: Victoria Theatre, San Francisco, 2961 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Time: Doors Open at 6:30pm – Film Starts at 8:00pm – Come early and enjoy live music by The Eldorados, surf raffle and micro-brews provided by local San Francisco brewers, 21st Amendment.

Price: $10 General Admission / $25 VIP Admission – VIP Tickets include premiere theater seating, drink ticket, STW membership and goodie bag.

Tickets: Available online at www.victoriatheatre.org

Chasing Dora

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- 1960s 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-1960s 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.