Free Event to Officially Kick Off 2010 Surfing Competition
LOS ANGELES, CA – July 22, 2010 – Easily one of the all-time great surf films, the "lost classic" Pacific Vibrations, has been digitally re-mastered in high definition (HD) and is coming to television for a whole new generation of surfers, beach bums and environmentalists alike to discover and enjoy. To celebrate, MGM HD and the U.S. Open of Surfing are proud to present the World HD Premiere of the 1970 film on August 1st as the official evening kick-off event for the 2010 U.S. Open of Surfing.
Often referred to as Woodstock on a wave, Pacific Vibrations is a colorful documentary by John Severson, Hall-of-Fame Surfer, filmmaker, artist and founder of Surfer Magazine. From California to Hawaii, surfing legends Severson, Bill Hamilton and Corky Carroll continue their endless search for the perfect wave. The surfers reveal their motivation and obsession with the sport to soundtrack of pure rock legends including Cream, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Steve Miller and more (Rated G).
The World HD Premiere screening will take place at the Huntington Beach Pier located at 315 Pacific Coast Highway. Leading off the evening will be a special Q&A on the making of the film with Pacific Vibrations star and legendary surfer Bill Hamilton [editor's note: see full bio below]. The event is free, open to the public and will include complementary snacks, raffles, giveaways and more. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
If surf fans can't make it to the premiere, they can still catch the world HD television premiere of Pacific Vibrations on Saturday, August 7th at 10pm ET/7pm PT on MGM HD, as part of the channel's month-long "MGM HD Drive-In" summer series.
Every Saturday night in August, MGM HD will take viewers back to those fun summer nights spent underneath the starry skies with a celebration of MGM movies so big, the usually have to be shown outside! Beginning at 10PM ET/7PM PT, "MGM HD Drive-In" will present a triple feature movie marathon including an HD World Premiere movie. Catch creature features, sci-fi, soul cinema and fun beach party films in true 1080i.
About The 2010 US Open of Surfing
Presented by Hurley, Nike 6.0 and Converse, the U.S. Open of Surfing is an action sports festival that brings together athletes from the worlds of surf, BMX and skate for a week of competition, art, fashion and music against the backdrop of Huntington Beach Pier.
About MGM HD
MGM HD, the studio's first wholly-owned channel in the United States, delivers a robust library of classic and contemporary films in high definition, 1080i. Composed of a 24/7 linear network, a companion VOD offering, and mgmhd.com, MGM HD is the ultimate viewing experience for serious movie fans. Drawing from the world's largest film library, MGM HD features global premieres of newly re-mastered films and exclusive original programming. For more information, visit www.mgmhd.com.
About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
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BILL HAMILTON BIO
With 40 years of experience in surfing and surfboard shaping, Bill Hamilton has made his name well known to surfers all around the world.
Raised on the beaches of Southern California, Hamilton was introduced to surfing in 1959, by way of a Hobie double-ender, and his playground would soon extend from Rincon to Baja. Winning the Juniors’ Division of the Brooks Street Classic in 1963 earned Hamilton membership into the prestigious Windansea Surf Club. He joined them for the annual Makaha Championships the next year and on the trip discovered his attraction to Hawaii, vowing to return.
In 1966, he returned to Hawaii fresh from high school and already acknowledged as one of the most popular surfers around (landing sixth in the Surfer Poll). Moving there permanently in 1967, Hamilton became a representative of Hawaiian surfing and in 1968 was recognized by Duke Kahanamoku as one of his most favorite surfers. He was also a favorite that year to legend Mickey Dora and many of surfing's elite.
Moving from the North Shore of Oahu to the North Shore of Kauai in 1971, Hamilton's ocean life would expand to diving, fishing and exploring the entrapped potential of extreme body surfing and surfing the ruggered Na Pali Coast. In 1985, Hamilton was voted one of the top 25 most influential surfers in history.
Today Hamilton still resides on his beloved Kauai's North Shore, surfing with his yellow Labrador, Sava. He is actively involved in environmental matters that affect his adopted home and shapes surfboards under the Billy Hamilton label. His stepson Laird is among surfing’s premier big-wave riders, leading the tow-in revolution around the world.