Women’s Surfer Film Festival in Rockaway Hotel

Lava Girl Surf presented its 8th annual Women’s Surf Film Festival at the Rockaway Hotel this past weekend, bringing together the global surf community for a special event focused on women in surfing, skating, photography and filmmaking. The free, public event ran from Friday, September 10th to Sunday September 12th.

“Over the years we’ve grown the festival to support and act as a platform for filmmakers and artists, but also for women-owned businesses,” said Davina Grincevicius, founder and creative director of Lava Girl Surf, which was created in 2012 in New York to encourage women to explore the sport. 

The Festival supports Laru Beya, a program dedicated to empowering the youth of Far Rockaway through surfing, and A Walk on Water, a nonprofit that provides surf therapy to children with unique needs and their families.

The first part of a three part series,“Kaikana” (meaning “little sister”) premiered at the festival. The director of the film Monica Medellin is also the CEO and Founder of The Gnar Gnar Honeys, an L.A. based production company aiming to represent more women in front of and behind the camera.

“Kaikana” featured up-and-coming Hawaiian talents like Moana Jones, alongside Hokulani Topping, Vaihitimahana Inso, Ēweleiʻula Wong and Puamakamae DeSoto. Medellin recalled how she chose the cast for the series. 

I wanted Kaikaina to be told from a female, Native Hawaiian perspective,” said Medellin. “Not only are the Kaikaina girls connected through their culture, but they also are on track to become the future of the practice and sport. You can’t help but fall in love with their fun personalities, unique vibe and unbreakable bond.

Very much like her production company, The Gnar Gnar Honeys, Medellin created “Kaikana” to represent women in the surf culture and highlight the rising talents of Oahu, Hawaii.  “Creating Kaikaina and featuring this female surf collective means everything,” said Medellin. “If I had seen more diverse images of surfing growing up, I would not have felt like I didn’t belong in this sport as a Mexican-American girl.”

Johnnies top BU and Columbia before Big East opener vs Xavier

SJU men’s soccer collected wins against non-conference opponents ahead of their Big East season opener on Saturday.
Columbia visited Belson Stadium on Monday night to cap a five-game home stand for the Red Storm. Graduate transfer Lucas Bartlett (Overland Park, Kan.) finished a perfect header that proved to be the game-winner in the 43rd minute. Bartlett has now recorded a point in three straight games and four of his last five overall.
In last Friday’s match, Johnnies senior captain Brandon Knapp (Abingdon, Md.) buried a penalty kick just 22 seconds into overtime to lift St. John’s men’s soccer past Boston University, 3-2, at Belson Stadium. Einar Lye (Undheim, Norway) scored in both the sixth and 12th minutes to give the Red Storm an early edge, but BU answered with two goals from freshman Brian Hernandez, including the game-tying tally at 83:57.
Last spring, Knapp never stepped off the pitch in 10 matches for St.John’s, playing all 907 minutes. Through five games this season, Knapp has two goals (both game-winners) and four assists, equal to his assist total from the first 44 appearances of his career. Knapp’s offensive production has eased the absence of Tani Oluwaseyi, the 2019 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, who is expected to miss the season with injury.
Men’s soccer plays Xavier in Cincinnati on Saturday, who have started the season 5-1 with a perfect, 4-0, record at home.

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