The Cocoa Beach Surf Museum’s program director, Sharon Wolfe Cranston, has announced plans to present surfing movies to the public. The films can be viewed at the Cocoa Beach Public Library and are free of charge. In addition to the movies, popcorn and soft drinks will be available for free, though donations are always welcome and benefit museum programs. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. All shows begin at 7 p.m. The following films are planned:
- Saturday, 10/15: “Ticket to Ride” is described as ” a 16mm film for everyone who has dreamed of getting away to the lure of the South Seas. Filmed in many new, never before seen locations including Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Mainland Mexico, Rarotonga, Hawaii, New Zealand, Maui, Samoa, Tonga, Pennsylvania, and California.” The museum declares it to be “One of the last from the generation of big budget, made for the theater, surf movies.’”
- Saturday, 11/19: “Children of the Sun” is described as “‘One of the best longboard movies, bar none, from Australia’ … ‘A visual masterpiece’ … ‘Not since ‘Endless Summer’ has a surf film projected such dazzling crisp and beautifully executed images of the longboard lifestyle.’” (Cocoa Beach Surf Museum)
- Saturday, 1/21: “Storm Riders”. The Museum invites viewers to “Experience the excitement, the terror, the sheer force of the ocean as ‘Storm Riders’ travel to five continents to discover the exotic jungles of Hawaii, Sumatra, Java and Bali; brave the treacherous coastline of Africa and the blistering desert outback of the Great Australian Bight in the greatest ocean adventure ever filmed. ‘Storm Riders’ is action-packed, professional, varied and stoking … the best surf flick we’ll get to see this year (1981) and perhaps for some years to come.”
- Saturday, 2/18: “Longboarders” According to the Museum, “Hal Jepsen has assembled a pure gem, with traditional surf humor and music and some of the greatest surfers of all time. Still the best longboard movie ever made.”
- Saturday, 3/24: “Tubular Swells” is described as “The most unusual film of the ’70s that explores the limits of performance surfing at that time. A group of imaginative young surfers radically changed our concept of wave riding. These surfers perform their dance on tubular swells that even today’s heroes might not have attempted.” (Cocoa Beach Surf Museum)
Whether you surf Space Coast waves or just enjoy watching those that do, these films promise to deliver a not-often-seen view of the sport as experienced by those that make their living competing on them.