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Present at Patagonia Cardiff June 13

“The Present” at Patagonia Cardiff
World Premiere DVD Release Show by Thomas Campbell
Saturday, June 13, 8 pm Patagonia Cardiff

Stop by Patagonia Cardiff for a screening of “The Present,” We’ll have live music, giveaways and the company of filmmaker Thomas Campbell, and some of the film’s stars. To celebrate this final screening on the film’s U.S. tour the DVD will be available before and after the show, but stick around to get a signed copy by Campbell and some of the surfers. Admission is free, but on a first-come-first-served basis. This is an outdoor event so please dress accordingly.
Patagonia Cardiff
2185 San Elijo Ave.

Present Tickets on sale at Patagonia Surf Shop, Cardiff-by-the-sea

Thomas Campbell’s new surf film The Present is premiering in my hometown of Encinitas, CA at the historic La Paloma theater so I cruised down to the Patagonia store in nearby Cardiff-by-the-sea to get a ticket.

Devon Howard hands over the goods.

It’s always fun when surf movie posters show up around town.

JM liked the Patagonia store,

he ran amuck and caused all kinds of chaos.

I’m going to the Friday, March 6th 7 pm show.

The what what:
World Premier of “The Present”
A Surf Film by Thomas Campbell
March 6 & 7
Two shows each night: 7 & 9 pm
La Paloma Theatre
471 S Coast Highway 101
Stop by Patagonia Cardiff to buy pre-sale tickets to the world premier of “The Present,” a surf film by Thomas Campbell, maker of “Sprout” and “The Seedling.” Campbell’s new film is a colorful and artistic exploration of the beautiful environment surfers frolic in every day.
Through his lush style of filmmaking and intimate city-by-city screenings, Campbell hopes to help keep alive the dying tradition of surfers gathering at a local theater to view a new independent surf film. Mattson 2, who played on the soundtrack, will perform live.
See the film’s trailer.
Tickets are $11. Pre-sale ticket requests will not be taken over the phone. You must purchase them in person at:
Patagonia Cardiff, 2185 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff
directions to store


This is Thomas Campbell’s board from 2004. It was the first solid brown opaque resin tint I’d ever seen. I thought he was out of his mind.
I remember I spent an entire afternoon polishing this board. At the time dark color resin tints were rare, especially on Bonzers.
Years later Chris Christenson told me he had checked this board out at a party or somewhere and he noticed that the polish job was really good, so that stoked me out. Then Chris upped the ante and made me polish his black opaque boards.
This brown board is also the first board I ever photographed with a digital camera. Obviously I had the settings wrong due to the grain and flat color.

Sprouting in 2003

I just stumbled across a lost photo CD from 2003 of Rob Machado and Thomas Campbell making boards for the Costa Rica segment of the surf film Sprout,

Rob Machado-Keep on Truckin’

Rob watches Peter St Pierre tape off a rail.

Filmaker/artist Thomas Campbell and Rob take over the airbrush rack.

Thomas and his signature style.

Gary Stuber gives Rob some last minute advice.

A light orange tint over the airbrush artwork makes for full on groovyness.

“Good job Rob.” sez a watchful Guy Takayama.