Surfalorus Film Festival Kicks Off with HINES Screening and North of Nowhere Book Release Party

Posted at 11:08 a.m. on Sunday, September 18, 2022

Celebrate 11 years of the Surfalorus Film Festival, presented by North Carolina Aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, taking place on the Outer Banks September 18-21.

Surfalorus brings a stacked lineup of films, including Mike Leech’s portrayal of local legend Jesse Hines as well as the new documentary boatman about Hawaiian statesman Duke Kahanamoku.

“The film tells the incredible story of Jesse’s life, with lots of East Coast shredding,” said filmmaker Mike Leech. “I can’t wait to see everyone at the screening of HINES the first night of Surfalorus.

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The festival kicks off this Sunday at 5 p.m. at Outer Surf in Nags Head with a special free screening of HINES then the party moves to Swells’a Brewing at 7 p.m. for a book release for North of Nowhere: Mike Nelson’s Surf Photography. Matt Pruett and Mike Nelson will be on hand to talk about the book and sign copies for Surfalorus guests.

“Legendary New York photographer Mike Nelson is currently on his way to the Outer Banks for our North of Nowhere book release party at Swells’a Brewing,” says author Matt Pruett. “Nellie hasn’t been to the OBX in 15 years. Because frankly, the waves are much better up to him. And this book proves it.

Shorts Block One will be screened on Monday, September 19, following a special celebration of the life of ESA co-founder Cecil Lear starting at 6:30 p.m. The shorts block brings together films from Turkey to Brazil and Wrightsville Beach to Scotland with a few stops unknown places in between.

The whimsical feature, Sweet Adventure, screens on Tuesday, September 20 at Jennette’s Pier. This film is wonderfully narrated by action sports legend Salema Masekela and features a handful of cameos from surf culture legends along with polished photography, perfectly curated music and well-constructed editing. There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Shorts Block Two has the same wild reach and screens at Jennette’s Pier on Wednesday at 4 p.m., followed by the closing film For The Dream. Special guest Ben Gravy will be at the closing party of Surfalorus to discuss how he reinvented the role of the surfing profession and carved out his own niche in the wave world.

Tickets are on sale at for all screenings. An all-access pass can be purchased for $25.

The 11th Annual Surfalorus Film Festival is presented by North Carolina Aquariums, Jennette’s Pier and is a co-presentation of the Cucalorus Film Foundation and Dare Arts. Wave Riding Vehicles and Kitty Hawk Kites support the Surfalorus Film Festival and the project is sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

Dare Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to fostering the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment, and opportunity.

For more information about the event, visit or call 252-473-5558.