Surfalorus Film Fest kicks off four days of cinematic stoke with drive-in event

Published 10:14 am Saturday, August 29, 2020

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Come Hear NC is presenting the 9th annual Surfalorus Film Festival – back for another session of surf-inspired films certain to delight and intrigue surfers and ocean-minded types of all ages. This year’s festival kicks off Thursday, September 24 at 7 p.m. with a drive-in event at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The opening night “A-frames and Tube Drains” program includes OBX’s Logan Marshall’s love letter to the barrier island chain Abeyance along with four other shorts taking viewers from Costa Rica to Senegal. The cost is $20 per car.

Aquarium director Larry Warner shared “The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is excited to be a co-sponsor and host of this year’s Surfalorus Film Festival. We are delighted that our facility’s layout and location provide a unique outdoor event opportunity that not only focuses on ocean recreation and appreciation, but supports local OBX talent as well.”

The remainder of the schedule runs from September 25-27 online for free, though an option to donate to the festival will be featured. The festival’s 15 official selections cover lots of liquid territory, from Sean Santiago’s call to action about his hometown Isabela in Puerto Rico, Lo Que Hay, to a fascinating look at niche board hoards in Anthony Gentile’s Collectors: Vol. 1, there’s a little something for everyone. This year’s crop has a pair of entries from the WSL, a number of international shorts that illustrate the far-reaching nature of the sport and a classic documentary on the rise of surf culture in San Francisco, Mark Gunson’s Great Highway.

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Sunday wraps things up by featuring a collection of flicks made by and for women who surf. Just Go F#%$ing Surfing, from director Juul Hesselberth follows four Aussie surfers as they navigate the world of professional surfing while Tofino Is A Place offers a unique glimpse into the world of the core female surfers of British Columbia’s hidden surf enclave. Sea, Salt, Wind is a unique narrative film from Winston-Salem director Zack Fox starring UNCW graduate Arriana Tysinger.

Throughout the festival, there will be interviews and Q&As with various filmmakers, surfers and surf culture figures, including members of the cast of Netflix’s Outer Banks. You can get an overview of all of the films included in the lineup at Tickets are available at

This event is presented by Come Hear NC, the Cucalorus Film Foundation, the NC Arts Council, the Dare County Arts Council and is sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

Cucalorus is a community building organization that connects visionary leaders in film, performance and technology. The 26th annual Cucalorus Festival takes place November 11-25, 2020 in historic downtown Wilmington and online. For more information on Cucalorus, visit