"BoardHeads" Meet Homeboys in HB
|A homeboy shares the stoke in BoardHeads.|
Hot Tuna, a surf wear company that originated in
Director Davo Weiss and his crew from BoardHeads, which screens as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival today, were there to collect footage for their documentary that follows members of the worldwide community of board riders giving back to mankind.
Pro surfers Shea Lopez and Sarah Beardmore joined local volunteers from
Photos of the Homeboys in their new beach attire were shot at the bridge over the
Then, just like at any surf camp, the ex-gang members were first taught on the sand how to get up on a boards and the proper position for paddling before moving into the water for their first-ever surfboard rides.
They wound up spending a couple of hours in the water, with most emerging with huge grins and sharing the shaka--or Hawaiian "hang-loose" sign--with one another.
The day ended with a barbecue on the beach, a small campfire, some live guitar music and a visit from swimwear models.
Weiss, who has packed many more heartwarming stories into BoardHeads, reports that many of the ex-gang members are still surfing today.
His documentary took him to exotic locations around the world--but the focus was less on locales than the special needs of people helped by board riders.
"The concept of the film is that there's a global tribe of board riders sharing their stoke and making the world a better place," he said. "Unlike a lot of surf movies that are just extended music videos, I've actually got a project with a lot of heart--a lot of emotional connection."
The documentary was a work-in-progress for the past nine years for the television and corporate-video veteran, whose other credits include the televised Miss