Directed by Santa Cruz filmmaker Nadia Tarlow, “Ocean Driven” is a true and gripping story that chronicles the development of South African big wave surfer Chris Bertish. His single-minded pursuit of his dreams and refusal to let seemingly insurmountable obstacles stand in his way culminates with his winning the world’s most prestigious big wave surfing competition in 2010 at Mavericks, a famed surf break just south of San Francisco.
Moments after nearly drowning, Bertish took the world by storm in the largest waves ever seen in a competition. “Ocean Driven” is a tale of overcoming obstacles and fears, redefining what is possible, and inspiring viewers to never give up in pursuit of their dreams.
The evening at the Fremont Theatre will begin at 7:30pm with a unique local legend, “Pismo”, the surfing goat. Ever since Pismo’s owner, Dana McGregor taught his pet goat to surf in Pismo Beach, the two have been getting plenty of media attention and were recently profiled in a National Geographic segment about unusual animals. A short film will illustrate Pismo’s amazing talents as a surfer, and the celebrity goat will be in attendance to meet his fans and “sign” copies of McGregor’s new children’s book, “Goatee, the Surfing Goat.”
Also in attendance will be Greg Linden, VP of the Big Wave World Tour. Linden recently gained attention for surfing the daunting waves of Hawaii’s “Jaws” at 65 years old. Living proof that “old guys rule,” Linden is looking forward to joining the festivities, which include a happy hour and after-party in the festival’s HOLLYWOOD & VINES Tent, sponsored by the City of San Luis Obispo. Beer and wine will also be available in the Fremont Theatre lobby beginning at 7pm.
Only Movie Mogul Passes accepted for this Red Carpet Event.
Surf Nite After-Party – Hollywood & Vines Festival Tent (behind Fremont Theatre.) Featuring live music by Denny and the Wrinkled Teenagers (Denny Aaberg’s band.) Food provided by Creeky Tiki and Mother’s Tavern. Beer sponsored by Saint Archer Brewery.