Category Archives: Documentaries

Long Form Productions 30 Minutes or longer

The Journey to Gerry

The Journey to Gerry chronicles the love and pursuit of surfing on Oceans, Rivers, Lakes and Snow.  The story crosses generations of pure stoke: Jade Vamos in his 40s, Bryan Murray in his 50s and Stephen Yount in his 60s on their journey to see soon to be 70 year old Hawaii Surfing Pioneer, Gerry Lopez.

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…sounds like a fun project. You certainly have my ok to use any footage of me for your film. You may want to consider the next Mt. Bachelor Big Wave Challenge in April, 2019 and there is a river wave here in town that is pretty fun as well.  Aloha, Gerry

CHECK OUT MY PROJECT — IT IS GONNA BE FUN



Before the X Games ever existed snowboarding evolved from its early surfing roots.

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Jade Vamos in his 40s, Bryan Murray in his 50s and Steve Yount in his 60s plan a journey to see 70 year old surfing pioneer Gerry Lopez at the 2019 Big Wave Challenge in Bend, Oregon.

They will leave their home mountain, 7 Springs Mtn Resort Pennsylvania, and drive cross country to Mt. Bachelor, Oregon. They will film and chronicle the journey enabling you to ride along and share the story of surf with a new breed of surfer living far from the shore.

Follow the journey of three surfers rediscovering that pure joy of surfing the snow. 
28743870_1544067602828103_r.jpegThe stoke and aloha that Gerry Lopez inspired into generations of surfers now takes root in the most unusual places. That vibe and energy will leave you gripping your seat and also inspired to join in the fun.  Bryan, Jade, and Steve chase waves everywhere.  Meet this new breed of surfer dedicated to the chase.

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“We surf the rivers and we surf the lakes and we surf the snow and we surf at the ocean. But it’s all the same thing.”
–STEVE YOUNT BEAVER, PA

28743870_1542374337856699_r.jpeg“Always wanted to surf growing up …when I was 24 started snowboarding, tried surfing when I was 28. Been surfing ever since love em both. “Pure Stoke, it’s a feeling, just can’t describe it, you gotta live it – Beautiful.”
–JADE VAMOS PITTSBURGH, PA

28743870_1542374387758199_r.jpeg“I grew up chasing waves all over
North Carolina. When I moved to West Virginia I surfed the snow and started finding waves everywhere.”
–BRYAN MURRAY WHEELING, WV

28743870_1542374470989715_r.jpeg “What the Big Wave Challenge brings together is snowboarding with surfing, the sport it spawned from.   Surfers brought surfing to the snow, and since the late 1970s, snowboarding has become a  popular sport with performance levels and equipment improvements continually evolving.”  –GERRY LOPEZ BEND, OREGON 

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East Coast Motions Volume I

 

Surfing’s World Tour made an East Coast Stop in Wrightsville Beach NC. This clip features rare footage of Mark Richards and other surfers from his era.  The complete documentary includes skateboarding pioneer’s Steve Caballero and Reggie Barnes from an early Bones Brigade visit to Raleigh NC in 1985.

The complete Documentary now on Amazon Prime

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East Coast Motions Volume III

Snowshoe Crew ’92

Snowboarding was brand new and gear hard to come by.  The hard-cores at Snowshoe  WV were on it early and learned the hard way.  Guys like Bernie Wheeler, Gil Willis and my OBX Surf Tribe were loving it.

This project was funded by the proceeds of my previous film, East Coast Motions Volume II, Hatteras Surf Feast.  A difficult production as access was limited by the resort and I literally had to smuggle my gear in and out of remote locations.  Back then it was a two piece 3/4″ Set Up with exposed wires, plugs etc.  As you can imagine it was a nightmare to keep the gear dry and in working order.

Snowshoe was so remote that I had to use the payphone in nearby Slatyfork to conduct business.   I would pull my van up to the window access phone and sleep while I waited for return calls from by various video clients and distributors.

To make matters worse, I  broke my leg and got laid up for a while at the end of the season.  My production company folded up at this time and I had to do the edits on overnights at various production facilities.

The entire documentary now on Amazon Prime


Lots of funny stories from that winter.  The vehicle of choice was an old 3/4″ ton work van with a load of firewood in the back for weight and some snow tires for traction. I drove to Timberline for one of the segments with a snowboard friend from France that didn’t speak much english.  On the way back my transmission went out during a raging blizzard.  Reverse was the only gear that worked and I had to drive up backwards on the mountain between Buckannon and Elkins.  Michel kept muttering “Mon Dieux Mon Dieux”.  I had the door cracked and just followed the edge of the road up.  We turned around at the top and coasted down the other side to the relative safety of a service station.  I had to call the OBX to score a local Elkins contact to come get us.  I ended up selling the broken down Van to a farmer that wanted the firewood and needed a dry place to store it.

If you want a DVD or personal copy just hit me up, bmur@surfdogmedia.com

 

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