Like so many surf films this one is about travel, unlike the others, it is also a social documentary. Sliding Liberia follows three young surfers who go to the civil-war-torn West African country in search of more than perfect waves. Along the way they record the stories of people like Alfred, a young boy who became Liberia’s first surfer after finding a bodyboard while fleeing from rebels. Besides rediscovering a world-class point break, the surfers find something much more important—a way to travel responsibly in the 21st century. Featured surfers: Chris Del Moro, Dan Malloy, and O‘ahu-born Crystal Thornburg. Film veteran and Hawai‘i resident Dave Homcy (Surfwise, Lost) did the cinematography.

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