History

About this years event organisers.

Mike Komljenovic. Learning later in life about his love and enjoyment of the water, Mike has become a water sports enthusiast who is enjoying his recreational pursuit and progression of learning surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Mike is a high school physics teacher, and co-owner of the Great Lakes Surf Company, a company designed to help supply specific technical accessories and gear for water-sports, wind-sports, and outdoor activities in general. In the process, he enjoys bringing events like the film festival together and travelling with his two sons and friends to search for wind and waves around the Great Lakes of Ontario.  

Tyler Leggatt. Tyler is a father of three wonderful children, loving partner to Suzanne, high school physical education teacher, and avid rugby enthusiast!  Oh… and he is also co-owner of the Great Lakes Surf Company!  Having been introduced to surfing many, many years ago on the great beaches of New South Wales, Australia, Tyler still continues to keep his passion for surfing alive by frequenting a few breaks throughout Ontario whenever the winds are up and the waves are peaking! 

GREAT LAKES SURF FILM FESTIVAL HISTORY


In April 2022 at Patagonia Toronto the Audience Selected Film Award goes to  Distance – Parker Bement. You can watch distance at https://vimeo.com/462208393 – look foward to the 2023 event so Capture, Edit, Submit, Your Story!

In 2020 – The 4th annual Great Lakes Surf Film Festival was delivered completely online from Monday June 8 to Monday June 15. There was an opening live stream on June 8th with introductions and a closing live stream on June 15th (you can rewatch at the link) with raffles and awards. Event organised by Mike Komljenovic and Mike Austin. Sponsored by Twenty Valley Media, Surf Ontario, and Ausmosis Board Craft.

2020 Audience Selected Surf Film award goes to -Unnur – by Chris Burkard & Ben Weiland

2020 Great Lakes Surf Film award goes to – Great Lakes No.6 – by Andrew Wyton

2020 International Surf Film award goes to – Back To The Roots – by Alessandro Piu

Trailer 2020 – video announcement

In 2019 – The 3rd annual Great Lakes Surf Film Festival was held on June 15th, 2019 at the Wharehouse in St. Catharines, Ontario. A special feature presentation and Canadian premier of Brent Storm’s film White Rhino was established as the main event! What a great film and event! Watch the following link for the hype White Rhino Candian Premiere. In addition, there was also a separate premiere of Brent’s film and the festival films in Toronto at Surf Ontario later that year. Event organised by Mike Komljenovic, Darryl Austin, Thomas Millar, and Brent Storm. Sponsored by Ausmosis Board Craft and Surf Ontario.

2019 Audience Selected Award – Oscar Harris Surfboards – William Mease

2019 International Award – Le Cheile – Kev L Smith

2019 Spirit Award – White Rhino – Brent Storm

2019 Water Awareness Award – Eyes on the water – #Mywatermark – Mike Austin

2018 – The 2nd annual Great Lakes Surf Film Festival was held on June 16, 2018 at the Ausmosis open house at 16 Cushman Rd, St.Catharines. Event organised by Mike Komljenovic, Darryl Austin and Thomas Millar. Sponsored by Ausmosis Board Craft.

2018 Audience Selected Winner – Sweet Water – Andrew Wyton


2017 – The 1st annual Great Lakes Surf Film Festival was held on June 17, 2017 from 2 to 6 pm at the Lock Street Brewing Company in historic Port Dalhousie. Event organised by Mike Komljenovic and Darryl Austin. Sponsored by Ausmosis Board Craft.

The audience selected winners of the 2017 festival were:

1st place – AndréanneBaribeau, Le surf d’hiverdans Les Grands Lacs

2nd place – William Mease, Oscar Harris Surfboards

3rd place – Pat Noyes, Shooters

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