If you go to Hooters in PB on an ordinary Friday night, it’s usually filled with jarheads and frat guys. But last Friday was no ordinary night at the wings-and-cleavage restaurant. The standard high-and-tight crew was out-numbered by a bunch of guys and girls who gathered for the San Diego premiere of 3 Degrees, a new surf flick by Australian producer Matt Gye (Montaj) that features Aussies Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, and Dean Morrison.
The movie, which tracks the trio’s first ASP year, was pretty good — from what I saw of it at least. It showed the highs and lows of their inaugural season on the WCT. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that it was difficult to focus on the movie. There were three things vying for our attention: 3 Degrees, the Lakers/Kings game showing on more than a few of the TVs, and the girls (and not just the ones in the nylon shorts).
Indeed, it was a unique setup for a movie premiere — one that encouraged social interaction instead of attention to the movie. A lot of star-struck eyes followed Fanning around all night, and Micah Nickens and other pros were there, too. Did I mention the girls?
Steelehouse Events, a new division of Taylor Steele’s Steelehouse entertainment enterprise, put the event together. The film is sponsored by Rip Curl, Billabong, and Oakley.