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Florida Surf Film Festival Announces November Programming

New Smyrna Beach, FL - The fourth and final event of the 2022 Florida Surf Film Festival, presented by Monster Energy, at Atlantic Center for the Arts is approaching with a couple of special nights of movies lined up.

On Friday, November 11, 2022, we’ll kick off the festival with Joe Alani’s Through the Doggy Door, a poignant look at the ascension of Hawaiian Sheldon Paishon from literal poverty and homelessness to his dream life as a professional surfer.

Under the tutelage of surf royalty Mason Ho, Sheldon overcomes every conceivable obstacle to realize his dream; his inspirational story bares the challenging, competitive west side of Oahu. Joe Alani takes a hard look inside Sheldon’s childhood, where a pair of flops and a new pair of boardies meant the world. We see Sheldon progress through young adulthood, navigating the minefield of life’s most vicious hurdles, finding much needed refuge in the sea.

Next, Facing Monsters by director Bentley Dean, offers an unapologetic view of West OZ hell-man, Kerby Brown, and his struggles with fear, addiction, family bonds, and his insatiable obsession to pit himself against one of nature’s most intimidating forces.

Our second night, Saturday, November 12th, opens with African Territory, following the co-directors, Joaquin (in attendance) and Julian Azulay, aka the Gauchos Del Mar on a twenty-two-month anthropological expedition from Spain to South Africa as they find cultural exchange and loads of surf throughout the endless continent.

For true surf-adventure travelers, you will not find a ride as daunting and deep into the heart of Africa. Closing out the night, festival veteran Jack Coleman (in attendance) presents Natural High, featuring John Peck’s energy and solid alternative shapes ridden by the best, including Steph Gillmore, Derrick Disney, among others. Once again, Jack knocks it out of the park with an amazing soundtrack.

Sprinkled in with the features are some amazing short films such as VONA, The Rider, The Rolling East and others. Featured jurors in attendance include 4X World Champion Lisa Andersen, Matt Warshaw, Editor and Founder of The Encyclopedia of Surfing and Scott Hulet, Creative Director at The Surfer’s Journal.

It's sure to be an amazing weekend of films and community engagement with Clancy’s Cantina and Café Verde suppling the food and New Smyrna Brewing Company and Solento Organic Tequila featured at our full bar.

Tons of giveaways and raffle items from our sponsors including Nixon, Dragon, Yeti, Globe, Creatures of Leisure and of course, a Craig Cronin Surfboard will be up for grabs each night.

Friday, November 11, 2022:

5:00PM – Doors Open


  • Commencement with Festival Director, John Brooks

  • Board Shop, dir. Patrick Smith – 2 min.

  • The Rolling East, dir. Ben Potter – 11 min.

  • Through the Doggy Door, starring Mason Ho, Sheldon Paishon, dir. Joe Alani – 89 min.

  • RAFFLE – Creatures of leisure, Roark, Globe, The SurfNetwork, and more



  • Facings Monsters, starring Kerby Brown, dir. Bentley Dean – 95 min.

  • RAFFLE – Cronin Surfboard, YETI, Roark, Globe, and more

Saturday, November 12, 2022:

5:00PM – Doors Open


  • African Territory, dir. Joaquin and Julian Azulay – 110 min.

  • Q and A with Joaquin Azulay – 20 min.

  • RAFFLE – Creatures of leisure, Roark, Globe, The SurfNetwork, and more



  • Nancy, dir. Anna Frances Pearson – 3 min.

  • Board Shop, dir. Patrick Smith – 2 min.

  • VONA, starring Kepa Acero, dir. Clint Davis – 17 min.

  • The Rider, dir. Caitlin-Marie Miner Ong – 3 min.

  • Natural High, starring Stephanie Gilmore, Derrick Disney dir. Jack Coleman – 32 min.

  • Q&A with Jack Coleman – 20 min.

  • RAFFLE – Cronin Surfboard, YETI, Roark, Globe, and more

We are proud to have Monster Energy serve as our presenting sponsor again for this year’s festival, providing travel and lodging for the filmmakers who attend the festival.

Podcast Sponsor: Surfing’s Evolution and Preservation Foundation

Principal Sponsors: State of Florida Division of Arts and Culture, Volusia County, Roark, YETI, Sun Bum, Surfline, Anson Stoner, Globe Brand Footwear, and Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Major Sponsors: Buell Wetsuits, Cronin Surfboards, Florida Virtual School, Brian Layman Wealth Management, Red Dog Surf Shop, Kembali Board Shack, Café Verde, and Clancy’s Cantina.

NSB Sponsors: Flaunt Electric Bicycles, Scott Yurchison Real Estate, Daytona Climbing Company, Dragon Alliance, LunDev Homes, New Smyrna Beach Brewing Company, Nixon, Mangrove Bay Design, Biological Consulting Services, MyEyeDr. – Phil Stephens, Funxion IT, Leus Towels, Pura Vida Bracelets, NSB Spine and Injury Center, Beachside Tavern, Solento Organic Tequila, and Surfrider Foundation Flagler/Volusia.

Media Partnerships include: Surfline, Stab, The Surfer’s Journal, Surf Splendor Podcast Network, Beach Grit, The SurfNetwork, The Inertia, and Encyclopedia of Surfing.

Encyclopedia of Surfing provides our historical and archival needs.

Florida Surf Film Festival Mission:

Florida Surf Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public charity, invigorating surf culture and artistic appreciation by exhibiting contemporary documentary films with surfing as a focus from artist far and wide while also producing a story-driven podcast, literary group discussions, and artistic workshops.


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