After finishing the film and entering it into festivals Derek Dunfee posted the full film Down with the Ship to Vimeo. After about 1 month it had over 20,000 hits on Vimeo. Since the film was finished it had been accepted into several festivals and has won awards.
California Surf Festival – Best short Documentary
Byron Bay International Film Festival – March 4 -March 13th
In case you have not seen the full film Down with the Ship here it is.
On June 9th 2008, Derek Dunfee severely broke two bones in his leg while surfing Cloudbreak, a surf spot off Tavarua island in Fiji. Two days later Derek underwent surgery in San Diego California: eight screws and a titanium plate were installed into his leg.
On November 30th 2008, 5 ½ months after Derek broke his leg, Derek caught the winning 2008/2009 Billabong XXL paddle in wave at Mavericks.This short film shows what happened in those 5 1/2 months leading up to Derek’s XXL winning wave. This film includes recent footage of Derek since his XXL win, and footage from this El Nino winter season.
This film also showcases a big group of Derek’s friends who are currently pushing the limits of paddling into big waves.
A film about Derek Dunfee and friends
Art by Taylor Dunfee
Edit+Animation by Ryan Broomberg
2010 SurferPoll Worst Wipeout Award Winner
2010 SurferPoll Heavy Water Nominee
2010 California Surf festival Best Short Documentary