BLOCK10 – ONDE NOSTRE presents the third edition of SKATE AND SURF FILM FESTIVAL, to be held at BASE in the heart of Navigli Area in Milan from the 9th to the 12 of May.

 

Bringing to Italy a showcase of homegrown and international surfing and skate’s hottest releases – documentaries to inspire, travelogues to stir up the wanderlust, cutting edge action to blow minds and cinematography to mesmerise – SSFF is a celebration of the cream of surf and skate culture.

Set against a backdrop of art, talks, contests, music, gallery shows, workshops, community and more this saline and concrete hit of inspiration is an essential cultural happening for anyone of a salt water and cement persuasion.

SSFF is directed by Luca Merli and produced by BLOCK10/ ONDE NOSTRE a collective of surfers, skaters, filmmakers, photographers and cultural commentators dedicated to preserving and communicating the spirit of surfing. Block10 is the production that makes the Onde Nostre project possible. 

SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED

PROGRAMME

Three days of Skate, Surf, Films, Art and Music.
Full program announced in the end of April.

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SHAPING CONTEST

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So much more than a tool, the surfboard is the philosophical icon, a sacred craft, a culturally pervasive symbol of freedom, adventure and enduring youth. This is why the surfboard builder was once the primary arbiter of surfing culture, from those early Hawaiian kahunas to the first wave of board manufactures. Surfboard builders shaped surf culture, both literally and figuratively. It was all about the ride–what you wore came second. At SSFF we want to maintain this philosophy. To put the surfboard — and the modern day kahunas who craft and design them — back at the forefront of surf culture. Today the international surfboard building community places surf culture, its influence, its importance, its responsibility, back in the hands of the artisans who shape our sacred craft – and ultimately our future. Join us as we showcase craftsman, surfboards, art, movies, music & more.
Every shaper in the contest will shape an interpretation of a Lighting Bolt mid-length, single fin, starting from the same blank in four hours. The shaping contest will take place on Saturday and Sunday in a shaping room in the courtyard.

OLA

Michele Puliti is a shaper fascinated by everything that revolves around the culture of surfing, the art of  hand-made drove him to get involved with surfing and shaping in the early 80s. Passion and creativity worked together creating a path that soon turned into his profession: he continuously researches shapes and lines of the past and of innovative and eco-friendly materials. Collaborations with shapers from other countries, experiences in the artistic field and sharing are the ingredients that represent the the attention and care for this handmade product. For Michele, being a shaper in Italy means doing a job outside the box, following a lifestyle where contact with the sea is essential, with the belief that no machine can replace what “craftsmen” can create from their hands and their mind.

Ola Surfboards

MARK G

MarkG is a flamboyant and legendary icon of shaping, sometimes a rough and a shy person. Over the years he has managed to make his passion a job in a geographical area almost forgotten by the god of the sea. Born and raised in the outskirts of north Ancona, Gianluca got involved in the world of boards in his youth. Inspired by the shapes of the 70’s reinterpreting to obtain new lines functional for the swells of the Adriatic sea. It didn’t take long from shaping the first models of classic longboards for personal use to the launch as a shaper in an “official” capacity (December 2013).  He has always favored quality by making few boards but that are perfectly finished for the customer, with work processes that only years of experience allow him to manage.

Mark G

SEQUOIA

Marcello Zani, surfboard shaper from Cesena, dedicated the first part of his life to car racing. The life of a professional pilot allowed Marcello to develop a mentality dedicated to achieving maximum performance, research, analysis, attention to detail and great determination. As a child he was fascinated by the skate punk culture and his love for water finally led him to surfing. In 2014, he began shaping and producing surfboards under the name of Sequoia Surfboards. In just two years he gets to know and works with the most important surfboard manufacturers in Europe and America. In 2016  he begins a  collaboration with Professor Riccardo Rossi, developer of a technology dedicated to surfboards that uses computing simulation. Marcello decides to invest in this technology, and with Sequoia he becomes the first in the world to use CFD, (Computational Fluid Dynamics), in surfboard design.

Sequoia Surfboards

JURY

Craig Hollingsworth

USA
Lighting Bolt surfboards shaper since 1973, from Southern California, a world class surfer himself.

Craig Hollingsworth, official Lightning Bolt shaper, has been making surfboards since 1973, he was born and raised in Southern California, and a world class surfer himself. Craig has travelled the world over perfecting his designs.
With his long-time experience and hands-on-approach to testing surfboard performance, Hollingsworth is one of the most versatile shapers in the world today.

JURY

Rory Russell

USA
An iconic Lighting Bolt surfer and shaper, a living legend who won several world class surf championships.

The Lightning Bolt ambassador, iconic surfer and shaper Rory Russell is a living legend who won several world class surf championships. Known by his surf performance back in the ’70s, Rory also made a name for himself as a worldwide iconic shaper, especially by shaping one of the most emblematic Lightning Bolt surfboards ever – the super pinny performance driven Pipeliner.

Nicola "Nik" Zanella

ITA
Surf-explorer, journalist, coach of the Chinese National Team, the mind behind legendary SurfNews Magazine.

Surf-explorer, journalist, coach of the Chinese National Team, Nik was the mind behind iconic SurfNews Magazine. In 2010 Nik relocated on Hainan island (China) to work at the Olympic Surf Project and research China’s untold wave-riding past. Consultant for ISA (International Surfing Association) and WSL (World Surf League), his exploration trips and articles have featured on magazines such as The Surfers Journal, Surfline, The Guardian and many more.

Claudio Bernardini

ITA
Co-founder of 'bastard', lifer in skateboarding, involved in communication, design and collaborative projects since the 90s.

Claudio Bernardini aka ‘jep’ is a co-founder of ‘bastard’, where he covered different positions in the last 25 years. Involved in communication, design and collaborative projects since the nineties, is currently working at the bastard store in Milano. Lifer in skateboarding he considers the laziness a virtue still to be perfectionized and sometimes you can find him grinding and cruising around when he is in the mood.

AIR3

ITA
The Italian Directors Guild.

AIR3 Associazione Italiana Registi is the Italian Directors Guild. Its Directors provide their skills to the Advertising, Movie, Music and Television businesses and most likely to every new form of Media Production in the years to come. AIR3 was originated by the will of their members to upgrade their creative and technical skills and to stimulate job opportunities by promoting the quality of their profession through their own work.

Rory Russell

USA
An iconic Lighting Bolt surfer and shaper, a living legend who won several world class surf championships.

Nicola "Nik" Zanella

ITA
Surf-explorer, journalist, coach of the Chinese National Team, the mind behind legendary SurfNews Magazine.

Claudio Bernardini

ITA
Co-founder of 'bastard' lifer in skateboarding, involved in communication, design and collaborative projects since the 90s

AIR3

ITA
The Italian Directors Guild.

PRIZES

WINS A WEEK ACCOMMODATION AT CASA MACCARONI FUERTEVENTURA

Note: Valid for the Director + 1 (dates TBD)

WINS A WEEK ACCOMMODATION AT CASA MACCARONI FUERTEVENTURA

Note: Valid for the Director + 1 (dates TBD)

WINS A FREE MEMBERSHIP AT AIR3 FOR 1 YEAR – ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA REGISTI

Note: films on this category should be from an Italian based Director.

WINS A COMMISSION FREE iTUNES DISTRIBUTION DEAL

Note: films on this category should be longer than 24 minutes.

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CREDITS

Festival Director
Luca Merli

Head of Production
Yuri Tartari Pucci

Content Supervisor/Production Assistant
Caterina Sforza

Account and Skate Content Creation
Davide Martinazzo

Skate and Art Consultant
Enrico Cerovac

Social Media Communication / account
Stefania Lorini

Graphic Design
Alvvino

Photo by
Matt Power and Luca Merli

WHERE

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BASE Milano
Via Bergognone, 34
20144 Milano, Italia
base.milano.it

JOINING THE TEAM
VOLUNTEERING

SSFF couldn’t operate without a crack team of volunteers. In return for your time, you’ll get exclusive goodies.
Details of the volunteering roles are below so if you have a passion for skate, surf, film and culture and you’d like to get involved and lend a hand this year, we’d love to hear from you.

and tell us a little bit about yourself, your experience plus the role you’d be interested.

ROLES
For all roles we’re looking for outgoing, confident, friendly and reliable people with a love of skate, surf film and culture.

CREW
Front of house, filmmaker/ press/ VIP liaison, merchandiser, runner, marketing assistance, ramp construction, maker/doer – it’s about mucking in, being flexible and being part of the team!