Red Bull Night Riders - Jacksonville Surf Scene Short Film
Behind the Scenes of Red Bull Night Riders
Pros descended on Jacksonville’s beaches in secret for the nighttime surf competition - newly released film celebrates the city’s surf scene and shows how it all went down
JACKSONVILLE, FL (February 15, 2021)- Red Bull Night Riders
- February 17, 2021
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has become one of the top annual surf contests on the East Coast, drawing highly accomplished pros every year to compete. It’s been held in North Florida for a decade, becoming an annual tradition and without a doubt the biggest surf event in the area.
Held in secret at the end of 2020, the tow-at surf competition featured six surfers squaring off in the night skies, all attempting to pull off the best big air trick during a 15-minute heat. By competing they also kept the event alive, which is a big deal for the tight-knit surf community in Jacksonville Beach.
The newly released short film, produced in partnership with Stab Magazine, documents the action at the event and also takes a closer look at the Jacksonville surf scene itself.
The film transports you to Mayport Poles, one of the best breaks in Jacksonville, in late November 2020. From there you’ll see behind the curtain of the hush-hush event, which typically sees thousands of local spectators cheering the pros on from the beach in a normal year.
Surfers taking part in Red Bull Night Riders included former winners and local brothers Cody and Evan Thompson, last year’s winner Balaram Stack, Eric Geiselman, Robbie McCormick, and the legendary Cory Lopez.
Besides the pros competing, other staples of the Jacksonville surf scene took part in the film to take you deep inside the city’s culture and surf history, to illustrate how they’ve reached a place where they now host an event like Red Bull Night Riders every year.
Local star Cody Thompson ended up on top of the stacked field, and took home his third Red Bull Night Riders
championship. You can check out how he was able to do it, and much more by watching all the action here:
Watch Red Bull Night Riders film now at redbull.com/nightriders