[IMAGE 1]Billabong debuted its new video, Feeding Frenzy, last night (October 12) at the La Paloma Theater in Encinitas, California to a full house of amped groms, industry shakers, seventeen-year-old heartbreakers, and lecherous surf trade mag editors.
Produced by Jamie “Mouse” Mosberg of High Voltage Productions, the video was a solid collection of Billabong’s marquee surfers, and featured some hot-off-the-camcorder footage from last month’s ASP contest in Mundaca, Spain, where Shane Dorian beat out Mark Occhillupo while his mom cheered him on from the picturesque cliff tops.
Highlights of the video included the Ross Williams and Benji Weatherly segments, shot mostly in the Mentawai Islands and Hawai’i-and the Mentawai footage showed why this remote chain of islands in now near the top of every surfer’s surf-travel wish list.
[IMAGE 2]But what got the crowd really screaming was Jamie Sterling’s Waimea bomb which he rode from the outside peak, through the bay, and straight into the whammy shorebreak death zone-all on a ten-foot gun. Only the stomach-churning and already infamous “killer pus” footage during the final credits received more screams and groans.
Before the movie got rolling, Donavan Frankenreiter’s band Sunchild (http://www.sdog.com/cd_sunch.html) warmed up the crowd, which included pro surfers Benji and Jason Weatherly, Blink 182 Manager Rick Devoe, Surfdog Record’s Pierce Flynn, Billabong Sales Manager Rob Willis, Billabong’s Steve Clark, Alphanumeric’s Salema Masekela, Enich and Candy Harris, Justice Surfboard’s Bob Yinger, and a host of surf-media types including Surfing Ad Guy James Lynch, Surfer Mag’s Malia Alani, and the Grand Zeldini from Transworld SURF.