GOLD Coast surfer Ryan Hipwood conquers Tasmania’s Shipstern Bluff.
GOLD Coast surfer Ryan Hipwood conquers Tasmania’s Shipstern Bluff.

Surf film festival focuses on change

UPDATED footage of Gold Coaster Ryan Hipwood surfing giant waves at Tasmania’s Shipstern Bluff will be unveiled when the eighth Australian Surf Movie Festival screens in Coolangatta this week.

Hipwood cheated death after wiping out on one of the biggest waves of his career, a ride captured on camera by festival founder Tim Bonython.

“It’s all on the big screen with the big sound which is the only way to view it,” Mr Bonython said.

The award winning filmmaker said the theme of this year’s festival, which will screen Thursday and Saturday as part of a national tour, is Past Present Future.

“I’ve been shooting surfing since 1978 with my first trip to Hawaii,” he said.

“I will be showing the best of some my classics like the Hawaii Nine O series, Gripping Stuff, Biggest Wednesday, Download, Lost in Space and the Snuff series.

“Some of those flicks are over 20 years old so you are going to notice the huge change in pretty well everything since then to now.”

Mr Bonython said he had witnessed a huge change in surfing since he began filming.

“We will show you that change with the past, present and future,” he said.

“There will be great acoustic music by talented musician Nick Saxon and heaps of door prizes to be won.”

You can catch the festival Thursday at the Coolangatta Sands or at Kirra SurfStock Festival on Saturday. Tickets are $20 online at www.asmf.net.au or $25 at the door.



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