Surf Nite in SLO – A Big Wave Hero & a Surfing Goat

VSLOC_Logo_4COur internationally renowned “Surf Nite in SLO” is back for its 11th year with a new documentary about Big Wave surfer Chris Bertish and the day that changed big wave surfing forever. The famed Maverick’s champion and professional speaker will travel from his home in South Africa to join Maverick’s pioneer, Jeff Clark on the stage of the historic Fremont Theatre in downtown San Luis Obispo on Friday, March 18 after the Central Coast premiere of “Ocean Driven.” This event is presented by Visit San Luis Obispo County and Film Commission.

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.

Tubes_smallMoments 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.

Besides surfing the largest wave in competition (and winning), Chris Bertish is also a Standup Surfboard champion, and holds the South African Open Ocean SUP 24-hour distance world record. He now has his sights set on paddling across the Atlantic Ocean, alone, on a custom built SUP. Bertish travels the world as a motivational keynote and Ted-X guest speaker, and is also the author of “Stoked!” More about Chris Bertish


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.

Surf Nite in SLO is presented by Visit San Luis Obispo County & Film Commission, and also sponsored by the Boutique Hotel Collection, the City of Pismo Beach, Q104.5, Quality Suites of San Luis Obispo, Saint Archer Beer, Creeky Tiki and Mother’s Tavern.
Surf Nite in SLO – Friday, March 18, Fremont Theatre, SLO – 7:30pm
$20 General / $15 Students & SLOIFF Film Society

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.

Movie Mogul Passes accepted at door. Show your Surf Nite ticket and pay $10 for food, wine, beer and music!