Last Saturday night, a bunch of us from the shop, along with the Corduroy and Drift crew headed up to Rockland Maine for their first ever Surf Film Festival put on by the Strand Theatre. Now if you know anything about Maine, you know that Rockland is in the middle of the Penobscot Bay, miles and miles from any sort of consistent surf break. Walking around the waterfront, surfboards are outnumbered by schooners, many of which are one hundred-plus years old. For any waterman though, this town is as inspiring as any setting in Hawaii or California. People continue to make their living with their hands, building boats and making a living operating them.
The Festival featured many great films including Dear and Yonder, Ishmael, Little Black Wheels, Power of Three and 180 South. Between each movie, shorts from Joe Carter's work on Get in the Van were played and during the two hour intermission, they showed a stunning slide show featuring Nick's images and Corduroy hung a cool art exhibit across the street. It was a packed house with over 350 people viewing the films, including some intrepid people who drove from as far south as Delaware to attend the event.
It was exciting to be a part of the event and helped remind us again why we're building surfboards in Maine.
Intermission under the marqueeCorduroy brought art for the wall and for the waterBrad & Alex brought five Grain boards up on the beemerTyler
All photos courtesy of Jim McGinley.