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Award Winning Director, Joshua Pomer Unveils the True Story Behind the Wave "Mavericks"

The World Premier of "Discovering Mavericks"- February 1, 2013 7PM at the Prestigious Lobero Theater- Santa Barbara Film Festival
    SANTA MONICA, CA, January 31, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Discovering Mavericks, an independent feature-length documentary, that has been chosen as an official selection at The Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The film's world premiere is scheduled for Friday, February 1 at 7:00 pm at the prestigious Lobero Theater. Discovering Mavericks is narrated by Dean Winters, (OZ, Rescue Me and 30 Rock) who has a gritty delivery that resonates throughout the film. The narration was recorded on location at Mavericks where Winters, wanted to meet the big wave riders in person. After spending time with Jeff Clark, Winters toured Mavericks by boat and then recorded the narration in the Harbor.

Beneath the fog in Half Moon Bay, California and a mile out to sea, is a wave cresting as high as 50 feet with ridiculously strong currents that pound over dangerous rocks and perilously shallow reefs. This miracle surfing wave is called "Mavericks." Once only known as a myth, one surfer, Jeff Clark, set out to change that and show the world that California had a wave bigger than anyone had ever seen or ridden there before.
One well-known Hawaiian surfer Mark Foo said before his death, "If you want to ride the ultimate wave, you have to be willing to pay the ultimate price". Foo sadly lost his life at Mavericks in 1994. With access to over three decades of archive photos and footage from the original photographers and videographers of Mavericks, Pomer expose's the complete truth of Mavericks and the people surrounding it. The story of "Discovering Mavericks" is full of triumph but plagued by great danger and loss. The split personality will be explored through footage both new and old, and interviews with some of the truly great men and women who have surfed these dangerous waves.

Successful from his early directorial stages, Pomer's first international debut, "The Westsiders", took a raw look into an exclusive group of individuals and told the gritty story behind the rise and fall of the Westside surf gang in Santa Cruz, California. The acclaimed film won a variety of film festivals, and set a new standard for action sports filmmaking. Santa Barbara local Sean Maurer, of State and Cabrillo Productions, Cristy Beasley, of S & C Management, and Mavericks pioneer Jeff Clark produced "Discovering Mavericks"


Pomer is also involved with helping the Mauli Ola Foundation and a promo spot for the Mauli Ola foundation will play before every screening of Discovering Mavericks. The Mauli Ola Foundation (MOF) began as a group of surfers who banded together to introduce surfing as a natural treatment to people with cystic fibrosis. Since 2007, Mauli Ola has taken nearly 1,300 CF patients surfing at nearly 100 Surf Experience Days and has now expanded it's reach with hospital visits and other activities that touch the lives of kids with cancer and a variety of other health challenges. In 2010, SURFER Magazine awarded "The Agent of Change Award" to MOF for its positive contributions and example to the surfing community.

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