Saturday, May 08, 2010 6:30 PM PDT
(6:15 PM Doors)
- Saturday, May 08, 2010 8:30 PM PDT
Riverfront Theater, Santa Cruz, CA
The Westsiders is the awe-inspiring, eye-popping tale of a special piece of Santa Cruz history: the rise and fall of The Westsiders surf gang as portrayed through the experiences of our own hometown’s surfers.
Best friends Darryl “Flea” Virostko, Shawn “Barney” Barron, and Jason “Ratboy” Collins bonded in the icy cold waters of Santa Cruz as kids in the 1980s. Joined by their common tragedies and love of surfing, they supported each other through shattered homes, drug addiction, psychological challenges and hardcore localism. In order to earn their stripes as surfers, they were forced to join The Westsiders, a local surf gang, and go face-to-face with Vince Collier, aka “The Godfather.”.
Inspired by seeing their heroes in person at a local surf competition one winter, the trio became convinced that professional stardom was, in fact, a possibility. After 1994’s Cold Water Classic, where Ratboy’s startling 360-degree aerial move blew everyone’s mind, a signal was sent that a new breed of surfers was brewing in Santa Cruz. Magazine covers, sponsors, tours and fame soon followed. They’d done it. They’d reached the peak of professional surfing. However, the pressure of success took its toll and each struggled to cope with their personal demons.
Featuring a combination of stunning archival surf footage, news clips, interviews with family, friends and loved ones, and video Joshua shot himself of the guys as a teenager, The Westsiders is the latest chapter in the bizarre, yet innovative, history of Santa Cruz.
Ride a Wave
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