‘Biggest wave ever’ surf movie thrills crowd

Joseph Bulmer

Croyde film goers enjoy big wave action at the village hall in a British Surfing Museum fund raiser.

THE Museum of British Surfing’s first event in North Devon was a sell-out UK film premiere that raised �900 for the Charity.

The “big wave” movie night was organised and run by volunteers, led by Tom Sharpe and supported by the local surfing community. More than 100 people packed out Croyde Village Hall to hear local surfing author Tim Kevan, big wave expert Andrew Cotton and his shaper Julian Matthews of Gulf Stream talk about the movie, riding giant waves and what goes into shaping the special tow boards.

“This was our first event in North Devon and what a fantastic success,” said surf museum founder Pete Robinson.

“The evening was put together by one our volunteers, Tom Sharpe and I can’t thank him enough, he did a truly wonderful job.

“The money raised through the event is vital. We need every penny we can get towards our design and build project and it is really tough for charities like us right now. We’re planning regular film, music and cultural events in North Devon next year to raise money for the Museum of British Surfing charity and we’ll be using some of that money to provide new opportunities for young people in the Braunton area.”

The main film was the Zon North Canyon Show, a three-year documentary featuring Andrew Cotton, Al Mennie and Garrett MacNamara riding massive swells that break off the beach at Nazar� in Portugal. The climax was seeing “Cotty” towing Hawaiian Garrett into what is believed to be the biggest wave ever ridden, at 90 feet, just a few weeks ago.

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