Meet The 2016 Carolina Surf Film Festival Screening Panel

 

Ian Cairns
Ian Cairns 2016 Film Festival Screener
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Ian Cairns

Ian Cairns

Ian Cairns is a former champion surfer who was also influential in establishing the world professional surfing circuit and particularly the World Championship Tour. He was described as "the premier “power” surfer of his era [who] dominated the North Shore during the mid to late-seventies. He moved to Western Australia with his family from Victoria in early 1967, to Perth's western suburbs, attending Swanbourne Senior High School. Cairns dominated the surfing scene in his adopted state. From the age of 13 he consistently won every competition on offer, winning state Junior and Open titles. He moved to Hawaii in the early 1970s in search of big waves and before a professional circuit had established. Cairns joined the Australian team at the 1970 and 1972 World Surfing Championships and at Laniakea off Oahu in December 1973 he won the Smirnoff Pro event at Sunset Beach from Hawaiian Jeff Hakman.He won other big events in the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship in 1975 and World Cup events in 1976 and 1980. In 1975 Cairns and fellow Australian Peter Townend devised a rating and scoring system for surfing events. In 1979 he moved to California and with Townend formed the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA). In 1983 he became the first director of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) of which he is a life member. He returned to Australia in 1986 where he farmed at Margaret River, Western Australia. In 1996 he returned to California where he now lives with his wife Alisa Schwarzstein, his son Jonathon (daughter Amy lives in Australia) and twin sons. Cairns is currently Head Coach of the PacSun USA Surf Team. Cairns was inducted into the Western Australian Hall of Champions in 1990, into the Surfing Walk of Fame at Huntington Beach, California, as a Surf Champion in 2010, and into the Surfers' Hall of Fame, also in 2010. The Western Australian Surfers' and Waveriders' Association awards the Ian Cairns Award to the Western Australian male surfer of the year.
Jason Rowells
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Jason Rowells

Jason Rowells

Jason Rowells is a shaper/surfer out of Oceanside, Ca. He started shaping in 1989 and has shaped thousands of boards as a ghost shaper and under his current label. Shaping is his passion and he takes pride in fitting the customer with the best materials and designs. He specializes in epoxy construction and surrounds himself with other top industry professionals. Originally from North Carolina, Jason understands wave types up and down the east and west coasts. He's excited to be affiliated with Carolina Surf Brand and a screener for the Carolina Surf Film Festival.
Tony Butler
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Tony Butler

Tony Butler

Tony Butler Wrightsville Beach, NC Surfing 32 years. 2x ESA All Star Owner - Wblivesurf.com since 2003 Manager/Partner - Sweetwater Surf Shop since 1998 Customer Service Manager - Global Surf Industries since 2014 President - Hope From Helen, Inc. since 2005 Wrightsville Beach Museum Hall of Fame 2014 - Local Hero Lumina News Person of the Year - 2007
Colleen Glenn
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Colleen Glenn

Colleen Glenn

Colleen Glenn is an assistant professor of Film Studies and English at the College of Charleston. She has published articles on Jimmy Stewart, Woody Allen, and Mickey Rourke. In addition to movie stars, she researches film history and gender on film. She also writes film reviews for City Paper.
Kai Dilling
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Kai Dilling

Kai Dilling

With over 25 years of surfing experience, instructor Kai Dilling is dedicated to helping students of all ages and abilities safely learn to surf and to appreciate a sport that can become a healthy, relaxing love of a lifetime. Kai is a native to the area, former middle school science teacher and has surfed internationally and competed in amateur local and national events.
Phillip Jackson
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Phillip Jackson

Phillip Jackson

Philip Jackson is the Executive Director of the Atlantic Surfing Federation and Surf Dreams Foundation. His South Carolina surfing roots are laid deep in Garden City Beach where you can see him surfing on a daily basis with all of the groms. Between surf sessions you can find him running major surf events such as the Oneill/Sweetwater Pro, Native Sons Salt Games, and Atlantic Surfing Championships. Phil has a passion for competitive surfing and spreading the love of the sport to anyone that wants to learn.
Ted Roach
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Ted Roach

Ted Roach

Ted Roach is a director, producer and editor who has worked in the film and digital media industries for almost twenty years. His productions have screened in over 30 film festivals, won several awards, and have been broadcast internationally. We first met Ted as a fellow C of C student back in the 90’s, and he still comes back to Charleston every chance he gets.
Mike Rowe
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Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe never took the easy route in his ascension to professional surfboard shaper. Initiated by New Sun Surfboards in 1986 as a lowly sander/ polisher, Rowe eventually followed chief mentor Ted Kearns on to Gale Force Glass, where he remained humbly behind the mask and behind the scenes until one fateful afternoon in 2001, when factory icon Murray Ross put a planer in Rowe’s hand and crafted five surfboards, side by side, with him. A few rookie mistakes (and a few wise caveats from Murray Ross and Lynn Shell) later, Hooked Surfboards were born. Naturally, Rowe enlisted longtime supporters Chris Massoth and Eric and Julie Dreelin to test-drive his first shapes. Meanwhile, Rowe was also working construction and waiting tables full-time, building a skateboarding paradise/ Carolina dream home, growing his family unit by the critter, and pondering whether or not his subterranean “Hooked” T-shirt and sticker company could transcend DIY neighbor-core to become a legitimate surfboard label. After riding “Lucky 13” — Rowe’s thirteenth shaped board — throughout a month-long barrel bonanza in Indonesia, he had his answer.
Matt Pruett
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Matt Pruett

Matt Pruett

Matt Pruett has spent the last 19 years imbedded in the flaky scalp of surf journalism like a Stumpy Point deer tick. Best known for his tenure as editor of Eastern Surf Magazine (2001-09), he also co-authored one book that nobody read (Wavescape), directed one surf movie that nobody watched (Always Right), and has contributed to a bunch of international surf magazines that nobody buys anymore (including Surfing, Surfer, Transworld Surf, Stab, The Surfer’s Journal, Japan Surfin’ Life, Surf Europe and Carve). These days, he works as a Senior Writer/Editor for the boss-dog website Surfline.com from his Outer Banks enclave, where viewing, studying and critiquing surf videos (aka films) is a major part of his daily ritual. He surfs a lot, but has never touched a GoPro.