The Fourth Annual Surf Film Festival started with a bang on Friday—sold out house, eats from Whole Foods, beer from Kona Brewing Co., wine from Barefoot & Bubbly, dessert from OnoPops, and the Hawai‘i premiere of Innersection.
We also held a raffle for a Surftech SUP board designed by Donald Takayama. Our associate director of development (and surfer) Eric Mascia did the drawing, and the winning ticket belonged to Layne Fitzpatrick. Congratulations Layne!
Born and raised on West O‘ahu, Layne has served all over the world—Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Belize—as part of the U.S. Army Veterinary Services. He is also the founder of Ohana Matters Educational Foundation, which aims to reverse the brain drain by offering scholarships to youth from disadvantaged parts of O‘ahu.
All that good work must have scored Layne a surplus of good karma. He didn’t even have a ticket for the festival’s opening night—he thought his wife had bought him one in advance, but it turned out she hadn’t managed to. He was talking to assistant film curator Abigail Algar at the theater box office, when some ladies with a spare ticket offered it to him.