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    The Present – Final US Tour Show and DVD Release Party at Patagonia Cardiff

    On Saturday, June 13, Thomas Campbell's latest (and last?) surf film, The Present, came to Patagonia Cardiff, completing its journey of screenings around the U.S. and culminating with the release of the film on DVD. About 550 folks filled in to watch the free screening. The filmmaker and some surfers and shapers from the film were there – Thomas, Dan Malloy, Danny Hess, Devon Howard, Jon Wegener – along with one of the bands from the soundtrack, Ray Barbee & the Mattson 2. Jon Wegener gave away an alaia surfboard to surf trivia winner Whitney Gould. And Richard Kenvin presented a new trailer for his Hydrodynamica project, lining up all of the boards featured in the film which represents 60 years of San Diego based surfboard design all stemming from Bob Simmons. 

    If you weren't able to make any of the screenings, The Present DVD is now available for mail order through Patagonia Cardiff (call 760-634-9886 or email: and Woodshed Films. You can also purchase the DVD at select Patagonia Retail Stores: Austin, Boston, Boulder, Cardiff, Chicago, Freeport, Portland, Reno, Santa Cruz, Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Soho, Upper West Side and Ventura (picked mine up yesterday). Please call first for availability. The Present soundtrack is available on iTunes.

    From hints of the alaia footage in the movie, to the first hi-res trailer, to recaps from the Encinitas and Ventura screenings, to the new trailer, we've tried to take you along for as much of this journey as possible.  Thanks for coming, it's been a fun ride. For alerts on future events at Patagonia Cardiff, tune in to their Twitter feed. See you in the water.

    [With thanks to Thomas Campbell, Woodshed Films, Surfing Magazine, Devon Howard, Dan Malloy and everyone involved with the film and the tour. Video by Tough Pug Pictures.] 

    "The Present" Final U.S. Screening and DVD Release Party this Sat. in Cardiff

    Stop by Patagonia Cardiff this Saturday, June 13, at 8pm for a screening of The Present, a colorful and artistic exploration of the beautiful environment surfers play in every day. We’ll have live music, the company of filmmaker Thomas Campbell, and some of the film’s stars. To celebrate this final screening on the film’s U.S. tour, the DVD will be available from Woodshed Films and VAS for sale four days prior to its national release. It will be available before and after the show, but stick around to get a signed copy by Campbell and some of the surfers.

    Come by the store before the event to pre-register for a chance to win our Summer Slide Kit: Wegener Surfboard’s Alaia board blank, Patagonia Wavefarer Board Shorts, and a Patagonia R1® long-sleeve wetsuit top.*

    Admission is free, but on a first-come-first-served basis. This is an outdoor event so please dress accordingly.

    * Winner will be selected during the show. You must be present to win. No purchase necessary. Pre-registration cards available at Patagonia Cardiff, 2185 San Elijo Ave, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA. 760-634-9886

    The Present - Recap of the Encinitas and Ventura Screenings

    Thomas Campbell's new surf film, The Present, continues its journey through California towards a theater, hopefully, near you. The next stop is this Friday, March 20, in Santa Barbara, California for a 7pm screening at the Arlington Theatre. From there it's up to San Luis Obispo (Mar. 25), San Francisco (Mar. 28), South Lake Tahoe (Mar. 30) and Arcata (April 1). Tickets and tour details here

    I know most of you couldn't make it to the world premiere in Encinitas earlier this month. Thankfully Devon Howard, manager of Patagonia's Cardiff surf shop, was on hand for the event.

    [Video: Tough Pug Pictures]

    Ventura, California, home of Patagonia HQ, also had a successful two-show screening last Friday. Hit the jump for more coverage from both events.

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    Surf Flick Fridays - The Present Comes to Ventura and Santa Barbara

    Over the next two Fridays, surfers in the point-break peppered areas around Patagonia HQ will be treated to Thomas Campbell's new surf movie, The Present. First up is Ventura, with two showings (7 & 9pm) tomorrow night, March 13, at The Lodge. Advance tickets can be purchased at Great Pacific Ironworks. Then, next Friday, March 20, the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara will screen The Present at 7pm. Advanced tickets at the Arlington box office. The Mattson Two will be playing live at both showings. Tell your friends, bring your family, get there early, these will be two special evenings. In the meantime, enjoy a few photos from the film.

    And lest we forget about those of you in the Newport Beach area, The Present is screening tonight, March 12, at the Lido Theater. Show times are 7 and 9pm with The Mattson Two performing live. Full tour schedule and online ticket sales here.

    Bodysurfing with Belinda

    BODYSURF_PAGE38_DP The world premiere of Thomas Campbell's new surf film, The Present, was a hit this past weekend with all four shows selling out. Patagonia ambassador Belinda Peterson-Baggs was one of the featured surfers in Thomas Campbell's previous movie, Sprout, which portrayed a multitude of wave-riding vehicles and plenty of wave riding without any vehicles at all -- an austere activity known as bodysurfing.

    [Belinda Peterson-Baggs. No board, no problem. Photo: Dane Peterson]

    A little while back, Shakas and Singlefins turned me on to an ultra-minimalist, online photo journal based on the art of bodysurfing -- its design and navigation mirroring the simplicity of the subject matter. Clicking through, I noticed some sweet shots of Belinda – taken by her husband Dane – so I thought I'd ask her about the project and what bodysurfing means to someone who, as Thomas Campbell puts it, "is one of the finest navigators of the nasal passage" on a longboard today. Belinda's reply:

    Surfing represents something different to each of us. It can be an escape from our daily lives; a place to find peace and wisdom; a time to understand the significance of beauty, fill our desire for wildness and give us a sense of belonging; and an opportunity to feel the pure joy of life on this planet.

    For me, living daily in the ocean is all those things -- a gift from Mother Nature that brings balance and with each swell a moment of temporary euphoria. Every day is an endless quest for the next infusion that lends purpose to an existence.

    Those moments come from a connection, feeling the glide, and trimming with the energy source. More often than not, it doesn’t require a longboard, shortboard or any kind of sea-craft, just a streamlined body, surf and a will for freedom.

    For the full experience, visit

    The next stop on The Present film tour is the Montalban Theater in Los Angeles for a March 10 screening (that's tonight if you're reading this on Tuesday). Then it's off to Laguna Beach and the South Coast Cinema on March 11, followed by the Lido Theater in Newport Beach on March 12th, and then, good ol' Ventura on March 13 at The Lodge. Tickets, times and full tour dates here.

    [With thanks to Belinda, Dane, Ryan Tatar and Thomas Campbell.]

    The Present – Thomas Campbell's New Surf Film – Premieres this Weekend

    Devon Howard has been busy getting ready for the world premiere of The Present, one of the films we featured in the new Tin Shed:

    Hey Everyone. Thomas Campbell's new surf film is coming to town this weekend. Please forward this to anyone in SD and Orange County you think might enjoy a nice evening with a little live music by Mattson Two and some great surfing on La Paloma's big screen. Best, Devon

    *World Premiere*
    The Present – A Surfing Film by Thomas Campbell
    March 6 & 7, 2009
    Two shows each night: 7 and 9 pm

    La Paloma Theatre
    471 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA
    Musical guests: Mattson Two & Ray Barbee
    Presale tickets available at Patagonia Cardiff

    After the premiere, Thomas Campbell and the Mattson Two will hit the road for a 30-city film tour. Campbell hopes to help keep alive the dying tradition of surfers gathering at a local theater to view a new independent surf film. Tour dates and online ticket sales at

    Hit the jump for a taste of jazz from the Mattson Two and a few more nuggets.

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