A COUPLE who live on the North East coast have been making waves in the film industry – both playing key roles i an new award-winning movie.
Waveriders features the talents of professional surfer Gabe Davies from Tynemouth and also showcases the abilities of his wife Lauren – an author – who wrote the screenplay.
The couple are to attend screenings of the documentary feature film at the Odeon Silverlink in Wallsend, North Tyneside, starting tomorrow.
It tells the story of George Freeth who was instrumental in the rebirth of surfing in the early twentieth century.
Featuring a distinguished cast of Irish, British and Irish-American surfers, the film journeys full-circle from Hawaii to California and back to Irish shores.
The piece reaches a spectacular and critically acclaimed climax when the surfers conquer the biggest swell ever to have been ridden in Ireland by catching gigantic waves of more than fifty feet.
Gabe, 32, of Northumberland Terrace, said the huge waves came just in time – with the crew set to finish filming the next day.
He said: “I have been surfing for 20 years and it was the high point of my career.
“It was pretty terrifying. If you fall off on those waves it is life threatening. To have it captured by a high quality crew was amazing.”