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A special charity film night at Croyde’s famous Deckchair Cinema will feature North Devon surfer Andrew Cotton riding giant waves off the Portuguese coast in a UK premiere of a new documentary film.

The ‘Zon North Canyon Show’ focuses on massive swells that break off the beach at Nazaré in Portugal – where “Cotty” as he’s known, towed Hawaiian Garrett MacNamara into what’s believed to be the biggest wave ever ridden at 90 feet a couple of weeks ago.

The surf spot is unique because massive swells launch out of a deep water canyon onto a sand bottom beach, not a reef like many of the world’s other big wave breaks like Waimea in Hawaii and Teahup’oo in Tahiti which are on reefs. Plus this unique project is backed by the local Nazaré government who are using the film to promote their area worldwide as a watersports destination.

The film night is being organised by local surfer Tom Sharpe, a North Devon based designer and illustrator; “I wanted to do something to help raise funds for the Museum of British Surfing charity, because it is bringing something really important and special to our local area.”

“When Cotty – who’s from Croyde – hit the headlines around the world by being in the thick of this incredible story, I thought it was the perfect combination of an exciting unique film, giant dangerous waves and local interest.”

Tom has pulled off a global scoop getting the film for a UK preview, making local and international history.

There will also be a live Q & A with Andrew Cotton before the film screening, a chance to see his big wave board which was made in Woolacombe by Gulf Stream, and some boards from the Museum of British Surfing collection.

The fundraising night will also feature a raffle, with prizes being donated by surfing businesses. Among the sponsors are Croyde Deckchair Cinema, Tiki, Saltrock, Analog and St Austell Brewery.

100 tickets are now on sale through the Gulf Stream shop in Caen Street, Braunton (advance tickets only), with the first 32 moviegoers getting comfy deckchairs!
Prices are £5 for adults and £3.50 for under-16s including a free cup of winter vegetable soup & a roll provided by the King’s Arms at Georgeham, with all proceeds from the night going to charity.

Doors open at 7.30pm on Thursday December 15th and there is a licensed bar at Croyde Village Hall.

The Museum of British Surfing is a Registered Charity (1131433) and is opening in Braunton in April 2012.

For further information call Tom on 07780 713282

Photo shows Andrew Cotton surfing a giant wave at Nazaré, Portugal – picture credit: Bruno Aleixo

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