Folly surfers gather to celebrate locally made film 

Smile and a Wave

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Last year’s hurricane season was extremely generous to the Folly Beach surfing community, producing consistent surf that’s rarely seen in Charleston. Local videographer and surfer Bryant Thomas set out to document the unusual wealth of waves, and after one year of filming, he and his brothers unveiled the short film Waves in Our Pocket. McKevlin’s Surf Shop and Surf Bar hosted the premiere Saturday night on the streets of Folly Beach. A huge movie screen, food and beverage vendors, and a stage kept the crowd contained and constantly entertained.

Thomas set out to show what it’s like to surf in Charleston as well as shed some light on a surfing community that rarely gets attention. After countless hours of waiting for waves and filming from the beach, he collected enough footage for the 30-minute video.

A diverse crowd came out to take part in the festivities. Jason and the Juggernauts got the crowd going with a set of surf rock, O’Neill handed more than 50 pairs of sunglasses to lucky attendees, and Surf Bar provided plenty of food and kept the street-legal plastic cups filled with beer. Once the movie started, the crowd was entranced — you know you’ve got something good when hundreds of people stare quietly at a screen for more than five minutes. After the video, attendees took on a celebratory vibe, dancing and drinking in the street as if they themselves had spent a year of their lives devoted to Waves in Our Pocket.

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