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First Person

18 miles of surfer heaven

Documentary filmmaker and South Boston resident Ryan Scura says New Hampshire’s diminutive coastline supports a rich board-loving community.

Right out of college [Dylan Ladds and I] started working on a full-length documentary [THE GRANITE STOKE, about New Hampshire’s surfing community]. We decided along the way to make short films, to keep people interested.

New England Blood was just selected to be in the SAN DIEGO SURF FILM FESTIVAL, May 8 to 12. We’re trying to make surf videos that aren’t about surfing. It’s a weird thing. Everyone is together because of the surfing, but the wave can be the least important part of it. Most surf videos are much more about the action or the maneuvers or how good you can make the surfers look. Because [New Hampshire’s coast] is such a small area, THE PLACE IS WHAT MAKES THE COMMUNITY. We’re trying to get across some feeling of what it’s like to be there.

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