Surf film premier to be held tonight in Murrells Inlet

CamGarden City Beach’s Cam Richards will be on hand tonight to host the South Carolina premier of Vissla’s Hawaiian shot surf film, Palmera Express.

The free event will be held from 5-8pm Sunday night at Franks Theater and Bowling Alley at Inlet Square Mall in Murrells Inlet. Free bowling, food, and drinks will be offered as a pre-show to the movie premier with Richards and other member of the Vissla crew in attendance.

In addition to Richards, the film also features Vissla team riders Bryce Young, Derrick Disney, and Brendon Gibbens.

The narrated story is essentially four guys traveling to the North Shore of Hawaii for the first time as told through the eyes of an old man recalling his first trip there.

An Eddie Obrand film, Richards is highlighted extensively throughout the flick. Obrand was asked about Richards by Stab Magazine recently, “If I had to go film a surfer right now on some 16mm film, It’d probably be Cam because every time he paddled out, we’d get at least 3 A+ clips, which is pretty rare. I call him Maverick – he’s like an American hero or something. He’s super polite, pulls out chairs for girls, and is super courteous. He makes California kids look like such little beach rats. I was very impressed.”

Obrand described the concept of the film as, “an attempt to make a short narrative film, but also a surf movie. Making my own quirky version of the Endless Summer, or something like that. I’ve always been really inspired by the Endless Summer 2. When that came out I was probably like 10 or 11 and just thought that was the nuttiest surf movie I’d ever seen, the way real surfing was blended with narrative. That was the backbone of this project. I wanted to make a surf movie that gives some motivation as to why these guys were where in Hawaii and why they were getting in the water. I didn’t want to just jump from rock music to surfing, section by section.”

An after-party is scheduled at Uncle Tito’s Bar in Murrells Inlet, with local duo Sweet Sweet slated to perform folk, indie, and Americana music. k

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