Hawaii’s big wave guardians are some of the world’s best athletes, first responders, and surfers who risk their lives in the world’s most dangerous waves. Sharing their stories in the documentary film Big Wave Guardians: First Responders of the Sea, directed by Like Stirtz, viewers ride along as this incredible group of heroes share why the “best job in the world” is often the most hazardous one. Southampton Arts Center is excited to screen this film, limited to a 90-day theatrical window, on the West Lawn on Sunday, August 21. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the film begins at 8 p.m.
“This film shares fascinating stories from the perspective of some of the bravest individuals in the world,” shares SAC board member and film organizer Elyn Kronemeyer. “These heroes have essentially reinvented water safety as surfers continue to push the limits of massive swells and beach crowds increase. Though centered in Hawaii, this film also resonates with our local beach community. SAC is excited to present this special film and offer free admission to lifeguards. We’re so grateful for the risks they take to keep us safe summer after summer.”
Film synopsis: Hawaii’s North Shore is the world’s most dangerous seven-mile stretch of beach. Massive swells, life-and-death rescues, and “the best job in the world” – yet often the most hazardous one – is the compelling drama of Hawaii’s big wave guardians. As surfers push the limits and crowds increase, a small group of heroes have reinvented water safety on a parallel track to the rising dangers. Addicting thrills versus inherent peril – they are caught up in both. Surfing’s elite watermen risk their lives to save their friends while challenging a realm beyond.
Tickets are free for SAC members and lifeguards, and $10 for non-members. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at southamptonartscenter.org/film. As this event takes place outdoors, guests are encouraged to bring their own beach chairs and blankets.
SAC continues to follow all New York State and CDC guidelines for all programs and events. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required for all indoor events.