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“Spoons” – the rundown on the movie and the Australian tour dates

11 February 20

When Renny Yater and George Greenough made surfboards for one of the best waves on earth, they helped kickstart a revolution and influence generations of surfers and shapers. 


Dusty archives have been painstakingly tracked down and remastered to bring a new perspective to one of the most crucial periods in surfing’s evolution. From Santa Barbara to Australia, this is a film compiled of never-before-seen footage from surfing’s Golden Age, with outtakes and extras from some of surfing’s most well known filmmakers to tell a history that has never been told before. 

“Spoons: A Santa Barbara Story” is an exploration of how one of the most significant corners of the world produced, and continues to produce, some of the most talented surfers and innovators. Deeper than all is a story of craftsmanship, work ethic, renegades and tradition, a film that goes beyond the time spent in the ocean to define how one spends a lifetime. 


Feb 13 – Byron Bay – Community Centre

Feb 20 – Collaroy – United Cinemas

Feb 26 – Noosa – The J

Feb 28 – Burleigh – Rhythm Surf Shop



Best Documentary 2019 - Florida Surf Film Festival
Best Documentary 2019 - Berlin Surf Film Festival 
Best Documentary 2019 - Paris Surf Skate Film Festival
Best Documentary 2019 - SAL Surf at Lisbon Film Festival
Spirit of the Festival 2019 - London Surf Film Festival
Best Montage 2019 - Anglet Surf Film Festival

Official Selection:

Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2019
Balinale 2019
Newport Beach Film Festival 2019
Topanga Film Festival 2019
London Surf Film Festival 2019
Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival 2019
Florida Surf Film Festival 2019
Tel Aviv Surf Film Festival 2019
Moments Festival 2019


Reynolds “Renny" Yater
George Greenough
Al Merrick
Tom Curren
Ryan Lovelace
Nat Young
Wayne Lynch
Bob McTavish
Kim Mearig
And more...

The Filmmaker’s relationship to the community and subjects in the film:

As a surfer and Santa Barbara transplant, I was drawn to explore how this area produced such talent in surfing. I discovered a story of the values of mentorship and work ethic, which I wanted to promote, to show that humility and hard work can help build an entire movement. 

Surfboard shaping is a craft steeped in heritage and mentorship, and those who practice this sacred art have the unique task to design equipment purely for emotional expression. It’s a purely unique culture.

 - Wyatt Daily, Writer, Director, Producer:

Wyatt cut his teeth in surf documentaries by working alongside Chris Malloy on "The Fisherman's Son" (2015), and as Assistant Editor for Keith Malloy on his bodysurfing classic "Come Hell or High Water" (2011). With an observational approach defined by exploring the relationships between mentors, students, and innovators, he seeks to present the shared experiences of humanity. 

“It’s important for younger generations to seek mentors. Learning how craft, heritage, and place define one’s community helps to define the self.” - Wyatt Daily

 - Justin Misch, Producer:

While working alongside Producer/Director Takuji Masuda as Production Coordinator on the documentary “BUNKER77” (2016), Justin developed a keen ability to creatively navigate the fickle world of surf documentary production.  With his passion for environmentalism and storytelling, Justin’s short film “PICK UP TRASH” won the “Best Environmental Story” award at the 2017 Patagonia Film Festival.  

“I’m stoked to share this inspiring origin story with our surf community. To me, Spoons is a special opportunity to preserve the archives of some of the greatest original surf filmmakers, which might otherwise get lost in the ethos.” - Justin Misch

With Remastered Footage from these Classic Surf Films:

Crystal Voyager - Echoes, Innermost Limits of Pure Fun, Free Ride, Evolution, The Endless Summer, The Endless Summer Revisited, Apocalypse Now, Children of the Sun, High on a Cool, Wave, Ride a White Horse, Cool Wave of Color, Free and Easy, Walk on the Wetside, The Search, Fantastic Plastic Machine, In Search for Surf, John Larronde’s Sweet Sixteen, And many more...

Running time: 60 minutes

Release Year:  2020


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