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Film Screening: Big Wave Guardians: First Responders of the Sea

Friday, May 12 – Doors open at 6pm
Seating is limited. Call (760) 721-6876 to buy your ticket in advance to reserve your seat.

$15 general admission
$10 current CSM members

Hawaii’s North Shore is the world’s most dangerous 7-mile stretch of beach. Massive swells, life-and-death rescues, and “the best job in the world” — yet often the most hazardous one — is the compelling drama of Hawaii’s big wave guardians. As surfers push the limits and crowds increase, a small group of heroes have reinvented water safety on a parallel track to the rising dangers. Addicting thrills vs. inherent peril — they are caught up in both. Surfing’s elite watermen risk their lives to save their friends while challenging a realm beyond. From Academy Award Nominated MacGillivray Freeman Films, Big Wave Guardians is the new epic surf film that is the most honest, behind-the-scenes look at how the lifeguard profession began, and where it is today.

This documentary explores the dramatic stories of Hawaii’s big wave guardians, some of the world’s best athletes, lifeguards, and surfers, who risk their lives in the world’s most dangerous waves while inventing innovative water safety techniques previously unimagined.

“We’ve put together this all-star team of storytellers to bring to life one of the most unheralded group of first responders in the world,” says Marty Hoffman, the film’s executive producer.

The film’s production team features executive producers Greg and Shaun MacGillivray of MacGillivray Freeman Films, Scott Bradfield, along with Marty Hoffman. The movie is produced by Mark Collins, directed and edited by Luke Stirtz, and written by Jim Kempton. Director of photography is Chris Zamoscianyk, with second unit producer Daniel Russo, and archival producer Wyatt Daily.

Run time: 90 minutes

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