‘NU’ direction for local mag

Kaua‘i debut of ‘NU The Movie’ this weekend

By Lanaly Cabalo – the garden island

The Westside-operated surfing and lifestyle magazine Nalu Underground has been supporting the surfing community for over a year now, and most probably associate it with sports or athletics.

But there’s more to Nalu Underground than sun-bathing, beach-going waveriders.

Publisher and owner Curt Smith, along with members of the Nalu team, will introduce their entertainment division this weekend with the Kaua‘i debut of “NU The Movie” at the historic Waimea Theatre.

“As a kid, I’ve watched the surf videos and wanted to be in them and never had the opportunity,” Smith said.

“We needed to do a film that was related to the theme of Nalu magazine and do a movie that wasn’t just small talk. So we decided to go for it.”

“NU The Movie” includes the North Shore’s Irons brothers, and local favorites Kelly Slater and Braden Diaz.

The film mainly focuses, though, on 13-year-old surfing sensation Carissa Moore and 19-year-old Ola Elogram.

“(Moore) is the biggest thing in women’s surfing now,” Smith said. “She came over here for a weekend and the younger girls here welcomed her.”

Smith said the young surfer girls had a great reaction to Moore’s being here, and she served as a sort of inspiration for them to continue surfing.

“A lot of girls look up to her, and can relate to her since they’re the same age,” Smith said.

What makes “NU The Movie” different from all the other surf movies and videos on the market right now is the better footage director Ross Haines and team of photographers were able to get.

“The biggest difference with what we’ve done is we have better footage,” Smith said. “That’s not saying the surfing is necessarily better, but we have the better footage. I think people enjoy explosive surf, and we have that.”

Smith is also an active board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Kaua‘i, and will donate $2 from every entrance fee to the club. That money will go towards the club’s water camps.

“All the money we’re donating will help us create more surf camps for kids who want to learn to surf, and provide more water-sports programs,” Smith said.

William Trugillo, head of the Boys & Girls Club of Kaua‘i, said that they are fortunate to have those behind Nalu helping them out.

“Nalu’s been very supportive of us in helping get the word out about us, and helping introduce water sports to the kids,” Trugillo said.

“The money will mostly go towards future summer and water programs and snacks, goodie bags and water for the kids.”

There will be two showings of the film tomorrow. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the first showing at 7 p.m. The 9 p.m. showing is reserved for those aged 18 and older. There will also be prizes and free giveaways.

The debut of “NU The Movie” is just the beginning of their entertainment division, Smith said.

He said they hope to branch out and do more films and, in the future, host concerts.

For more information, visit naluunderground.com.

• Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or lcabalo@kauaipubco.com.

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