Guest Blogger: Jodi Willmott
Aloha! I’m excited to invite you along on our next wave of Talk Story! It’s a “Talk Story+ Film” initiative and includes some of the most impressive characters I’ve met throughout my years working with boardsports around the world. From Shaun Tomson, to Clyde Aikau and street skating legend Rodney Mullen – all of our upcoming guests have pursued their dreams with a passion and done great things along the way. I know you will find them as inspiring as I do!! I hope you can join us in person. If not, then be sure to catch up with these guests LIVE on the web, or after the fact, at SurferTheBar.com .
I’m also proud that for the past two years 100% of our door donations have gone to support amazing non-profit organizations right here in Hawaii, as chosen by our guest speakers. Great stories for great causes.
Door donation of $10 goes to a local non-profit/education groups selected by the Speaker.
Our 6-week Fall Talk Story + Film block takes place Wednesday nights, 7:30pm, from Sept. 4 through Oct. 9 at Surfer The Bar, Turtle Bay Resort. Hear the stories and watch the films of world renowned talent.
100% of ticket sales to charity. TICKETS $10 advance purchase.
Here’s the line-up
9/4: Shaun Tomson + Bustin’ Down The Door.
1977 world champion surfer, Pipeline Master, film producer & author, South Africa’s Shaun Tomson remains surfing’s consummate professional after more than 30 years. In the winter of 1975, Shaun was a key player of the revolutionary Bustin’ Down the Door era on Oahu’s North Shore. He went on to produce an Award Winning film about that momentous time in surfing that changed the course of the sport forever. Shaun’s own story is one of success, optimism, inspiration and leadership. View trailer here.
Ticket sales to Surfrider Foundation. Buy Tickets here
9/11: Derek Hoffmann & Mike Prickett + Fiberglass & Megapixels.
Multi award-winning film Fiberglass & Megapixels sheds light on the highly specialized and competitive occupations of surf photographers and surf cinematographers. What does it take to capture the stunning and mercurial imagery of surfing at the sport’s ultimate arena and proving ground of Oahu’s North Shore? Produced and directed by brothers Derek & Craig Hoffmann, Derek will be joined by internationally acclaimed underwater cinematographer Mike Prickett to talk story and present the film. Let them take you behind the camera and into the rarely shared world of surfing’s top lensmen. View trailer here. Buy Tickets here
9/18: Clyde Aikau/Paul Taublieb + Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau.
Eddie Aikau is a Hawaiian hero: pioneer big-wave rider, lifeguard, peacemaker, traditional voyager. His closest friend and lifeguard partner through his life was his youngest brother Clyde Aikau. Clyde will join film producer Paul Taublieb to talk about Eddie’s life, spirit, achievements and ultimate contributions that went far beyond big wave riding and deep into the heart of Hawaiian culture to make him a hero. View trailer here.
Ticket sales to The Eddie Aikau Foundation. Buy Tickets here
9/25: Don King + Beautiful Son.
World class cinematographer, film director & photographer, Don King’s outstanding ocean cinematogaphy has been featured in well-known films like Pirates of the Carribean, The Living Sea, The Descendents, & Soul Surfer. Yet his most valued personal contribution has been his own film Beautiful Son – a story of Don & wife Julianne’s efforts to heal their autistic son, Beau. The film received Best Documentary and Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Hawaii International Film Festival. View trailer here.
Ticket sales to Hawaii Autism Foundation. Buy Tickets here
10/2: Doug Walker + The Lost & Found Collection.
In 2007, Doug Walker attended a flea market in Los Angeles & discovered several boxes containing 30,000 black & white surfing negatives. They turned out to be some of the most famous and important images in surfing, captured by leading photographers of their time. In his film, Doug sets out to find the photographers and the surfers captured in those iconic images, and discovers there’s a much bigger story that needs to be told. View trailer here.
Ticket sales to Follow The Light Foundation. Buy Tickets here
10/9: Rodney Mullen “The Godfather of Street Skating” + Bones Brigade.
When six teenage boys came together as a skateboarding team in the ’80s, they reinvented not only their sport but themselves, too, as they evolved from insecure outsiders to the most influential athletes in their field. Rodney Mullen, a vital member of the Bones Brigade team set off on a path that would redefine the way a skateboard could be ridden. He went on to found World Industries skateboards, and was 2002 Skater of the Year. Today he is known as the “Godfather of Street Skating”. Go deeper into Rodney’s story and then watch the critically acclaimed movie Bones Brigade. View trailer here. Charity to be announced. Buy Tickets here