The inaugural Surf Coast Surf Film Festival was held at the Aireys Inlet pub over the weekend.

On Friday night an enthusiastic crowd gathered to watch Murray Walding present some classic old footage, ranging from 1950’s news reels, to pristine barrels in the South Australian desert and, the crowd favourite, ‘Surf Nazis Must Die’.


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retro night

Next, local legends Howard Hughes, Brian Pointon and Barry Langan took to the stage to discuss the history of surfing in the area. Topics included how they came to live on the surf coast, surfboard design and how individual surf spots have changed over the years. When asked by the audience, who was the best surfer they’d ever seen, the trio unanimously named Wayne Lynch. Commenting that from a very young age he possesed a unique style and connection with the ocean.


Barry Langan, Howard Hughes and Brian Pointon on stage

On Saturday night a packed crowd returned to the Aireys Pub for the Premiere of ’38 Degrees South 4: Beyond Thunderdome’ and the finalists of the Short Film Competition.

The finalists showcased the high level of up and coming talent emerging from the Surf Coast. One of the youngest entrants, Lachie Coulton’s “Twinnie”, featured some of Victoria’s best surfers riding a Strapper surboard from the 1970’s. Another highlight was Darren Wilcock’s ‘Old Man and the Sea’ featuring Brian Pointon, one of the first people to surf Bells. In second place was 18 year old Blake Mellross’ film ‘Resurection’. Finally, winning the first Surf Coast Film Festival short film competition was Aireys Inlets James Sinclair. All finalists’ films will be able to be viewed here later in the week.

Adam Robbo riding the Strapper Twinnie

Darren Wilcock

Darren Wilcock

Finally the enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the night’s main feature, the premiere of ’38 Degrees South 4: Beyond Thunderdome’. The film featured Victorian surfers in locations including Morocco, Europe, Mexico, Indonesia and in local waves.

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film fest

’38 Degrees South 4: Beyond Thunderdome’ and all of the short films will be online at later this week. Thanks to everyone who came, see you next year!

The Surf Coast Surf Film Festival was supported by the Aireys Inlet Pub, Strapper, Forin, Paper Sea, Go Pro, Speaky’s, Corona, Little Creatures, Rusty, Jim Beam and Coca Cola. All proceeds went to the Otway Boardriders Club. For more information: