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ritically acclaimed as one of the most important films in the history of surfing, the award-winning documentary, ‘Learning to Breathe’ explores the troubled evolution of professional surfing legend Anthony Ruffo. Ruffo’s surfing ability and charismatic personality made him a role model in the Santa Cruz surfing community but when he fell into spiraling addiction and criminality, he took a portion of the surfing world with him.

Ruffo’s past, methamphetamine addiction, criminality and eventual recovery are displayed candidly in ‘Learning to Breathe’ Those surrounding Ruffo, including some of the world’s best surfers, discuss his rise to fame and spiral into darkness. For the first time, athletes break the code of silence in the surfing industry and discuss the problem of drug use in the professional surfing community.

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