Nauticus To Host 50th Anniversary Screening of “The Endless Summer”


Nauticus To Host 50th Anniversary Screening of “The Endless Summer”

Norfolk, VA – Get ready for a high-energy Memorial Day weekend event guaranteed to “stoke” surf enthusiasts of all ages!  The Global Surf Network (GSN) has partnered with Bruce Brown Films to present the 50th Anniversary to Bruce Brown’s iconic surf film: The Endless Summer.

The City of Norfolk and Nauticus is hosting the inaugural East Coast Surf Film & Music Festival that sets the stage for this memorable summertime surf party. Along with a newly digitized release of the surfer classic The Endless Summer, the festival will feature concerts, presentations by water sports experts, educators and surf film directors, additional surfer film screenings, and much more.

Festival events, which are free and open to the pubic, begin at noon on Saturday, May 24. Musical performances and film screenings will alternate throughout the afternoon, with the new, digitally re-mastered iconic surfer film The Endless Summer shown at 8 p.m. in the Nauticus Theater.

“We’re very excited to be working with Bruce Brown Films to honor Bruce Brown by celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Endless Summer,” said Rob Beedie of Global Surf Network.  “This documentary surf film inspired surfers to start traveling the world in search of the perfect wave.”

Surf music will be a major part of the weekend festivities, including local band Cha Cha’s Cadillac and Bekah Eden & Friends; and Florida’s Aquanuts Surf Band and world famous, Mojo Collins. Bands will play on the fantail of the Battleship Wisconsin from 12:00 noon until 4:45pm on Saturday.

Three independent surf films will play in the Nauticus Theater beginning at 3:00pm. Films include: Dust, Resin, Water by Troy Cryder from Virginia; Hundred Miles to the End by John Beattie from New York; and Connected to the Sea by Dr. Diane Wehrell-Grabowski from Florida. At 8:00pm, the event will culminate with the East Coast premiere of The Endless Summer.

Jan Van Mecl, Creative Director of Bruce Brown Films said “It is a greatly special moment for us at Bruce Brown Films having seen 50 years of this masterpiece grace a number of different venues, this one being a particularly unique venue. We are humbled to have the Global Surf Network, the City of Norfolk, and Nauticus as our friends from afar in presenting yet another celebratory event of The Endless Summer’s 50th Anniversary.”

Participants in the film and music festival will be given the opportunity to donate to three different organizations that benefit the U.S. military service men and women and veterans: Wounded Warrior Project; Virginia Beach-based, Wounded Wear; and the USS Wisconsin. The iconic movie poster will be available for purchase. All events are open to the public. Limited seating is available in the theater and will be available based on a first-come, first-served basis.

This event is made possible by the Global Surf Networks supporters, sponsors and friends.

For more information on The Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Celebration at Nauticus in Norfolk, Virginia, contact Jan Van Mecl at (310) 543-4358 or visit or Rob Beedie (757) 633-7445 or



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Global Surf Network, based in Norfolk, is an Audio Video Film Production Promotion Company that develops Surf Film Festivals ~ Concerts ~ and Private Parties. Past events include the 2007 Shapemakers Tour Festival that was held at the ODU Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia, Outer Banks Surf Film Music Festival, Hatteras Island Surf Film Music Festival, Ocracoke Island Surf Film Music Festival. GSN festivals are family oriented events that provide professional entertainment, guest speakers, and Award- Winning International Independent Surf Films that all surfing enthusiasts and their entire families will enjoy. Global Surf Network invites all Hampton Roads businesses to consider supporting this memorable event because we have opportunities for everyone to be involved.

Located on the downtown Norfolk waterfront, Nauticus is a maritime science museum that explores the economic, naval, and natural power of the sea.  Nauticus features hands-on exhibits, marine life, 3D movies, a new Stewards of the Sea exhibit that explores the Navy’s environmental efforts, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, the awe-inspiring Battleship Wisconsin–one of the largest and last battleships built by the U.S. Navy, the Banana Pier Gift Shop, and an on-site restaurant.  Nauticus is also home to the Sail Nauticus Sailing Center, the Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center, and the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises.