Surfers are amazing creatures. No matter what life throws their way, surfers are characteristically unfazed by setbacks and they never give up. Long Island native John Beattie was a lifelong surfer up until 2007 when he suffered a stroke. Due to residual weakness in his arms and legs, Beattie had to retire his surfboard. Instead, he picked up his camera and began to document his irrevocable love for surfing.
“As a way to remain connected to the sport I love so much I began filming others surfing,” Beattie said. “I decided that I wanted to give something back to the Long Island surfing community for all the good times and all the people I met and places I’ve been over the years.”
From Long Beach (NY, not California) to Montauk, Beattie set out on a journey to recount all of his favorite surf spots, hence the film’s title, “A Hundred Miles To The End.”
Beattie said, “I began a journey to visit as many of the spots I used to regularly surf at as I could and rediscover the people and the community that exits there today. I began filming and interviewing the surfers that I met along the way. Starting in Long Beach in the West and working my way East to Montauk.”
The film will be debuting at the SMASH Surf Film Festival in July, and playing in select theaters. It will feature local surf heroes, such as Mikey DeTemple, Will Skudin, TJ Gumiela, Balaram Stack, Trip Patterson, Jesse James Jockel, Chris Tomlin, Alex Fawess and more.
After filming for over two years, Beattie is in the final stages of production, but needs some help to complete the movie. He launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for DVDs, BluRay discs, posters, digital downloads and other promotional materials needed to make the film a success.
If you haven’t seen the “A Hundred Miles To The End” trailer yet, take a look at it down below! And if you want to donate to the cause and support the Long Island surfing community, head to Beattie’s Kickstarter page.