THE BILLABONG/JACK MCCOY FILM FESTIVAL HAD A LEGENDARY TURNOUT FOR OPENING NIGHT IN OAHU
July 2, 2004 – Irvine, CA – Over 1,500 people showed up last night in Honolulu at the Blaisdell Concert Hall for the Billabong/Jack McCoy Blue Horizon premiere marking one of the greatest surf premieres in history.
The evening started off at the Hard Rock with a dedication party for Andy Irons where he was inducted into the Hard Rock Wall of Fame with the likes of Duke Kahanamoku, Kelly Slater, Sunny Garcia, Todd Chesser and Mark Foo.
After unveiling the board Irons climbed up a ladder to the covenant spot on top of the wall that had been reserved for his board and signed it. The party then moved on to the Blaisdell Concert Hall to kick off the Billabong/Jack McCoy Hawaii film festival where award-winning filmmaker Jack McCoy welcomed everyone and Irons announced that he “brought the World Title back to Hawaii.
Attendees included surfing icons Ben Aipa, Jock Surtherland, Joey Cabell, Peter Cole, Mark Cunningham, Ricky Grigg and Joe Quigg, to name just a few off the legendary guest list.
Drenched in the gorgeous imagery of McCoy’s peerless water cinematography, Blue Horizon is Jack’s 23rd documentary film on surfing. It is an emotional look at the highlights of surfing history from the Polynesians to today’s hottest pros. Presented and performed by current World Champion Andy Irons and 21st Century soul-surf hero Dave ‘Rasta’ Rastovich, Blue Horizon is a fascinating study of the two very different paths taken by two of the world’s best surfers.
Andy Irons slays all challengers to his throne, including Kelly Slater in the closest title race ever, and ‘Rasta’ charms the rest of us with his joyous worldview and timeless precision carving and tube riding.
“When you have seen Blue Horizon, you will know all you need to know about the current state of the surfing art, said McCoy. “Anyone who even dreams of surfing will be enthralled.