San Diego may not be the birthplace of surfing but there is no denying the contributions and innovations that this beautiful city and our ocean loving community have provided to the surfing world. Early in the 20th century, visiting Hawaiians George Freeth and Duke Kahanamoku sewed seeds in fertile soil that continue to flourish to this day. Since then, the San Diego surfing timeline consists of such revered names as Simmons, Ekstrom, Gordon, Van Artsdalen, Frye, Diffenderfer, Hansen, Curren, Caster, Hynson, Dobson, Oakey, Lis, O'Rourke, Divine, Preisendorfer, Pendarvis, Mirandon, Roper, Thrailkill, Warner, Kenvin and this is just to name a few. Intertwine that amazing history with 75 miles of diverse coastline, a new crop of creative board designers and an incredibly deep talent pool, you soon realize San Diego simply lives and breathes everything that is wave riding.
The San Diego Surf Film Festival welcomes everyone to come celebrate the passion that we all share for just being in the ocean. Since Bruce Brown sent shockwaves throughout the world with "Endless Summer" the surf film has become a staple in all of our lives. Surfing and surf cinema alike have been developed by individuals with a deep passion for trying to capture and preserve the very special feeling of just being a surfer. So to honor this tradition, we are announcing a call for submissions to all filmmakers with a passion to keep making surf films not because you have to but because you need to.
We are stoked to officially announce the return of the San Diego Surf Film Festival to Bird's Surf Shed, May 8-12th, 2013. Due to the overwhelming response of our inaugural year, we had to add another day to fit everything in. The SDSFF will highlight over 35 international films, a surf art gallery, amazing live music, beach clean- ups, shaping demos and surf expression sessions. We welcome surf enthusiasts and filmmakers from around the world to come celebrate the art of surf cinema in our beautiful hometown.