Even though we grew up in Concord, New Hampshire and Ryan surfed on Cape Cod, we had no idea people surfed in NH until the summer of 2007. With only 13.5 miles of coastline, it was never on our radar. However, when we randomly decided to drive to the coast to teach Dylan and some friends to surf, we were greeted by a vibrant and prolific community of surfers.
Since that day, we have been fascinated by these people and their deep passion. In May of 2011, Ryan pitched the idea of making a documentary about these surfers and was awarded the Stonehenge Grant from Middlebury College’s Project on Creativity and Innovation. With some startup funding and support from our friends and family, we began filming. We immersed ourselves into the community and realized there was much more depth and complexity than we anticipated. A one-year project ballooned into a three-year project, but the community deserved the extra time and effort.
While working on the feature, we made 26 short films that focused on specific people, events, or seasons. Two of those shorts, New England Blood and Salmon Theory, toured at film festivals around the world.
On May 3rd, we premiered the feature film in Portsmouth, NH to a packed local crowd and then flew to San Diego for the film’s festival premiere at the San Diego Surf Festival, where it was awarded “Honorable Mention.”
New Hampshire is our home and while this film is about the surfing community, we also see it as a love letter to the entire state. So we were particularly honored and humbled to be awarded “Best NH Documentary Short” and “NH Filmmakers of the Year” at the 2014 New Hampshire Film Festival.
The film is currently touring internationally at film festivals and is available to download on iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, Reelhouse, and the Surf Network.