OliventnorsurfVentnor Arts Club invites you to celebrate the joys of cold water surfing as they show a new, award winning British film on the club’s big screen, as well as exhibiting Jason Swain’s photographic sequence of a perfect day at Freshwater Bay and generally offering a to get together and welcome the winter surf season. 

So many of the surf films we see are shot in tropical waters with almost mechanically regular sets of tubing waves pumping over coral reefs, being surfed by bronzed and board-shorted beings who inhabit an exotic world. They might not understand why our Islanders would risk surfers ear, ice cream headaches and restrict their movement in a 5/3mm wetsuit.

On Friday 21st November, the fantastic ‘cold water’ surf film, ‘The Hunt for Hipmasama’ which won best British Surf Film 2014 at the recent London Surf Film Festival, will be shown at Ventnor Arts Club.

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The film tells the story of how UK Pro Surfer Oli Adams stumbled across a grainy picture of a mystery wave on a remote British island, un-surfed and unnamed. The image haunted him and sparked an eight-year odyssey, chasing a dream. The film follows him as he embarks on a final journey to track down this mythical wave that evaded him for so long. There will also be a screening of another ‘cold water’ feature and some piped tunes to keep things flowing. The club’s bar will be open from 19:00 until late.

The night will also feature the work of local photographer Jason Swain. On exhibition at the club is a sequence called Freshwater Bay of Plenty, documenting March 2008. It wasn’t just a good month of surf for the long suffering die-hards, it was a classic 10 days of consistent, solid groundswell accompanied by obliging offshore winds to groom the powerful waves to a rarely seen perfection.

The swell peaked around midday on Tuesday 4th March at a genuine six feet of swell, giving well overhead conditions for the next 3 hours with only a handful of lucky locals there to lap it up.Stand out local, Joe Trumanm is never far from the action and is captured by Jason’s camera in the exhibited sequence as he makes the most of a well groomed set wave, demonstrating his  fluid style on his old faithful 6’ foot retro fish.

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