A prize winning, locally made documentary about the surfing scene on Oahu's north shore had its Hawaii premiere at the Spring version of the Hawaii International Film Festival last week.
"Fiberglass and Megapixels" focuses on the interdependence of big wave surfers and the hordes of photographers who descend on the North Shore each winter.
Made by brothers Derek and Craig Hoffman who grew up on this island, the film takes us into the minds and hearts of the surfers who risk their lives to ride monster waves and the equally brave photographers who get inside the waves with them to capture the most fantastic rides on film or video.
"I don't think in any other sport do you have the license to get so closely involved with the subject at such a high risk factor as surfing," says one veteran photographer. "It would be like being able to photograph the Super Bowl, but you're allowed to use a side angle lens and run around the field with the guys. It's unheard of."
The film shows how the big business of surfing depends on beautiful shots of exciting rides and how both surfers and shooters cooperate for their mutual benefit sometimes in the midst of extremely crowded conditions.
We also get a taste of the danger that goes along with the great rewards.
Beautifully shot, creatively edited, "Fiberglass and Megapixels" is a truly compelling documentary.
The DVD version should be available in surf shops and other stores by the end of May