SurfAid International’s Tsunami Relief Documentary Earns Coveted EMMY® Award!

“The Next Wave, a tsunami relief story, Named Best Topical Documentary.

San Diego, CA — The Pacific Southwest Region of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, this past weekend awarded an EMMY® to “The Next Wave, a tsunami relief story for Best Topical Documentary. Produced through the combined efforts of SurfAid International, FUEL TV and RoughCuts Productions, ‘The Next Wave’ aired as a one-hour program in June 2005 on FUEL TV, the only network dedicated to the lifestyle of action sports and now is available in DVD.

“The Next Wave, a follow-up to the FUEL TV/SurfAid International special “Wave of Compassion, chronicles the journey of surfers Tom Carroll, Dave Rastovich and Kate Skarratt as Dr. Sohrab Gollogly of SurfAid takes them into the heart of the tsunami zone in Indonesia, giving them a first hand view of the damage and the surfing industry’s effort to assist in the disaster relief.

Produced by FUEL TV, directed, written and filmed by Justin Krumb with Cyrus Sutton, this unique documentary had the support of the entire surf community behind it. Filmmaker Justin Krumb was on hand to accept the EMMY® and offer a taste of SurfAid’s message to a packed house of industry peers.

“It’s a real honor to be able to document the work of SurfAid International, explained Krumb. “The chance to capture this grass roots organization working so hard to benefit the local people, it showed the strength of human caring is alive and well in the surf community.

The documentary is available as a two DVD set entitled “Wave of Compassion and can be purchased from www.surfaidinternational.org. All royalties from DVD sales go directly to SurfAid and their battle to improve health in this region. FUEL TV recently launched a matching sponsorship campaign to benefit SurfAid International and is supporting the initiative on www.fuel.tv and through on-air promotions.

SurfAid is a non-profit humanitarian aid organization whose mission is to improve the health and well being of the people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing SurfAid is incorporated in the US, Australia and New Zealand with their program base in Padang, Indonesia.

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