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A Broke Down Melody

I was just re-watching A Broke Down Melody, a film by Chris and Emmet Malloy, again.  What struck me this time was just how vibrant this film always seems to me.  All the colors, especially the blues, seems a bit richer and all the smiles seem a bit bigger. The film is full of positivity and life.  The kind that could cause Bodhi to start chanting.

I enjoy A Broke Down Melody because it is really centered around the joy of surfing, rather than personalities, ego or competition.  Sure it has the likes of Kelly Slater and Gerry Lopez in the film, but it also has lots of unknows and kids featured in the movie.  Same goes for the waves too.  There are some crazy big, tow-in waves, but some of the shots are of little three footers that could just as well be my local break.  What’s more, those waves are being surfed by people just like me, average Joes who are clearly stoked on surfing.

And, as with all Woodshed Films, the soundtrack is mesmerizing.  Good song selection to complement the visuals.

It’s only real fault is that it seems to have an identity crises with it’s name.  Sometimes it’s listed as Brokedown Melody and sometimes it’s A Broke Down Melody.  The later is on the box, so that’s what I’m going with.

Get your copy of Brokedown Melody from BeckerSurf.com.

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Save Trestles…AGAIN!

Thanks for all your help. However, UC Irvine’s Bren Center did NOT play host to the Commerce Department’s public hearing on the 241 Toll Road on July 25th. They feared that the turnout from supporters of San Onofre State Beach and Trestles would overwhelm the facilities at UCI, estimating that over 10,000 of you would show up. So the meeting has been moved. More on that in a bit.  For now…

The Feds Need to Hear from YOU!
Federal public comment is open right now, and will be open until Oct 2.

The Surfrider Foundation has an action alert asking the Secretary of Commerce to uphold the Coastal Commission decision here: http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/tollroadappeal0408. If you have already completed this, their system will catch it.

And now for the moved meeting:


WHO: Surfrider Foundation activists, surfers, hikers and everyone who opposes the extension of the 241 Toll Road. It is critical that toll road opponents register to speak and attend the hearing to show their strong support for San Onofre State Beach.

WHAT: The U.S. Secretary of Commerce rescheduled public hearing regarding the controversial 241 Toll road extension.

WHEN: Monday, September 22, 2008 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM

WHERE: O’Brien Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, CA 92014

For more information and updates visit SaveTrestles.org.

Even Eddie Vedder thinks it’s a good idea.