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Protect our Waves – Bristol screening


March 15, 2010 | Words By: Angela

opener3This Friday, 19 March at 7pm, come along to the Howies store on the Triangle (62 Queen’s Road, 0117 929 8928), Bristol, for a double bill of surf goodness.

As well as SAS’s new film, ‘Protect Our Waves’, featuring the likes of Gabe Davies, Toby Donachie, Candice O’Donnell, Jack Johns, Jayce Robinson, Sam Bleakley, Nathan Phillips and Richie Sills, The Surfscreen will also be showing Cyrus Sutton’s ‘Under the Sun’, a beautiful exploration of the divergent scenes of Australia’s Gold Cost and Byron Bay.

It’s £3 on the door, but money raised will go to SAS, so come along and show your support.

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