RED and SURFER Launch Redirect Surf 2015

RED Digital Cinema and SURFER Magazine are pleased to announce the kickoff of REDirect Surf 2015.

This is the second installment of the REDirect series – a competition and celebration of filmmaking visionaries across the globe, highlighting varying genres. RED and The Berrics joined forces early last year to launch the first ever REDirect, and after an extremely successful collaboration and film festival showcasing the most renowned skateboarding filmmakers in the world, the focus now turns to the art of capturing surfing.

A total of 11 contestants – selected by SURFER and RED – have created films for the competition. They will be judged on both their “Best Moment in Time” – a captivating still pulled from their motion footage – and their “Best Highlight Reel” which is their finished short film project.

Each contestant received a full EPIC RED DRAGON camera package, boasting 6K, over 19 megapixels and incredible dynamic range, a DryZone 200, the world’s first waterproof soft-sided camera backpack from Lowepro, and G-Technology’s G-RAID and the newly released G-DOCK ev™ with Thunderbolt storage solution.

“We’re excited to begin showcasing the submissions for REDirect Surf 2015 today,” says Jamin Jannard of RED Digital Cinema. “The caliber and talent of the filmmakers in this round are truly top-notch. Harnessing the power of the RED DRAGON sensor, they have stepped out of the boundaries of traditional surf videos and incorporated narrative storytelling and beautiful cinematography into their projects.”

REDirect Surf kicks off with Erik Knutson’s film featuring John John Florence and will feature two releases per week exclusively at SURFERmag.com (in 1080) and RED.com (in 4K).  Viewers will have a chance to vote for Fan Favorite at SURFERmag.com the week of July 27th, with the overall winner and Fan Favorite announced the week of August 3rd.

The Grand Prize winner will take home the EPIC DRAGON package they were shooting on during the competition valued at over $50,000, with additional prizes for second and third place winners, and the Fan Favorite.

“We are very excited to partner with RED on this project and showcase the incredible talent of the surfers and filmmakers involved,” said Todd Prodanovich, Editor-In-Chief, SURFER. “RED cameras have set a new standard for surf cinematography, and they’ve allowed these filmmakers to push the boundaries of their craft.  We’re proud to present all 11 films over the next two months, exclusively on SURFERmag.com and RED.com.”

Whether it’s the best wave of the day, a deeper look into the surf lifestyle, or an artistic representation of what surfing means to one person, this competition has brought together world-class filmmakers and world-class surfers – with an end result that is sure to thrill audiences all over.