World Champion Surfer's Documentary "Bustin' Down the Door" At Ventura Film Festival

Ventura, CA. - The Ventura Film Festival has announced that the Ventura County premiere of the highly anticipated documentary film, Bustin' Down the Door, will take place at this year's festival, on July 5th at 2pm, at the Majestic Ventura Theater. The film features narration by Academy Award Nominee Edward Norton and a period soundtrack that includes The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Queen, Leonard Cohen and others.

In attendace at the even will be Ian Cairns, founder of surfings ASP and OP Pro, and Surfing's first World Champion Peter "PT" Townend. They will be available for QA and signing autographs at the VIP party at the Riviera Bistro.

Also screening at the Ventura Film Festival are films such as The Endless Summer, Riding Giants, Waterman, The Women and the Waves, Mango Tango, 400 Years of the Telescope, MOMz Hot ROCKs, From River To Sea, Blue Green, Playing For Change: Peace Through Music, Fierce Light, Live: A Music And Surfing Experience, and other top features, documentaries, and shorts from all genres.

Bustin' Down the Door chronicles a tumultuous two-year period of competitive and cultural clashes in the mid-Seventies in surfing's Mecca - Hawaii's North Shore of Oahu - as a small crew of Australians and South Africans set out with attitude and determination to change the world of surfing. Framed around the emerging careers of World Champions-to-be Wayne "Rabbit"

Bartholomew, Shaun Tomson and Mark Richards, Bustin' documents how these young men risked everything to become the best surfers in the world, and how their courage and vision began a cultural revolution that led to the birth of professional surfing and ultimately what has become today's billion-dollar surf industry. The film delivers a well-executed mix of epic wave riding and emotional behind-the-scenes stories that illustrate how the sport of surfing was changed forever.

The film was directed by Jeremy Gosch, and was produced by Monika Gosch, Robert Traill and Shaun Tomson; this is Gosch's first documentary film.

Bustin' was filmed on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii in December 2006 (during the Triple Crown of Surfing). The film features archival surf footage from 1970's films including Free Ride, Many Classic Moments, Five Summer Stories, Tubular Swells and more. Among the many notable surfing legends and pros that were interviewed in the film were Ian Cairns, Peter Townend, Michael Tomson, Tom Curren, Kelly Slater, Rob Machado and many others.

Advance screenings of the film have started the industry talking - below are excerpts of pre-release reviews:

"A powerhouse spellbinder." - Jim Kempton, former editor and publisher, Surfer Magazine

"The most valuable entertainment by a documentary film in years." - Bill Sharp, former editor, Surfing Magazine, founder of the XXL Big Wave Awards

"An exciting movie with stunning surfing footage - a unique insight into this sport." - Gary Barber, CEO Spyglass Entertainment

About the Cast

Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew

Australian Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew burst onto the international scene in the winter of 1975. Professional surfing was still a dream back then, but Bartholomew had the vision and the attitude to make it a reality. His tactics, confidence and flair made him a top-rate competitor for professionalism's first decade and his article "Bustin' Down the Door" published in Surfer Magazine in 1976 is the inspiration for the film. He was crowned world champion in 1978, remained in the top five for seven consecutive years and came within a whisker of regaining the title in 1983.
In 1999, Rabbit took over the reins of the Association of Surfing Professionals, surfing's governing body and moved the corporate offices to Australia, to the beach where he first dreamed of becoming a pro surfer. He remains an avid tube rider and still surfs with a youthful enthusiasm. He travels the world ensuring that his dream of pro surfing remains alive and well for an entire new generation of young surfers.

Mark Richards

In the groundbreaking winter of 1975, Australian Mark Richards redefined the limits of performance surfing on the North Shore of Hawaii. The rise of pro surfing coincided with that of Richards' career. In 1976, he won the richest event on the fledgling IPS professional tour, the Coke Surfabout in Sydney. Building on the influences of shaping legends Reno Abellira, Dick Brewer and Spider Murphy, Richards began shaping his own boards in 1976. He developed a revolutionary, short, winged swallow twin-fin design perfectly suited to his loose, angular style. At 6'0", his swooping turns earned him the nickname "The Wounded Gull." By 1979, with the twin-fin perfected, Richards won the World Title and for four consecutive years dominated the world tour, winning in every type of surf. Today, Richards lives in Newcastle with his wife and three children. He runs his family's surf shop and is considered one of the world's best and most innovative surfboard shapers.

Shaun Tomson

As a competitor, Tomson's consistency and longevity marked one of the most prolific careers in professional surfing. He became South Africa's most successful surfer, winning the country's largest event, the Gunston 500, six times in succession and winning the World title in 1977. His popularity was immense, garnering him top honors at the 1978 Surfer Poll and successful business ventures with Instinct Apparel and Solitude Clothing. He has been called the greatest tube rider of all time, was listed as one of the 25 most influential surfers of the century (Surfer 1999) and one of the 16 greatest surfers of all time (Surfing, 2004). Tomson is currently chairman of the Surfrider Foundation's Advisory Board and received the Environmentalist of the Year Award (SIMA 2003). He is the recent author of the best selling surfing and inspirational book "Surfer's Code - 12 Simple lessons for riding through life".