Over the past few weeks, record flooding has devastated the small fishing and surfing village of Sayulita, located just north of Puerto Vallarta in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. The community's main bridge has been washed away and many homes and possessions have been lost.
Andy Lambrecht, a Pemberton resident, Whistler Blackcomb employee and owner of Lambrecht Surfboards, actually met his wife on a surf trip in Sayulita in 2003, and the two were married there one year later. Today, they still maintain close ties with the community.
"We go down there for usually a month every year and I actually did take last winter off and we spent four months down there," he said.
"Over the past three weeks, I believe the majority of the flooding started on or around Sept. 7. So what's happened is they just have had torrential downpours - it's been the biggest flooding they've had in 80 years," Lambrecht explained.
Because of his close ties with the town, Lambrecht is now teaming up with a few members of the Sea to Sky community to raise funds for the people affected by the flooding, hosting a film screening, auction and raffle at the GLC on Saturday, Oct. 2. They will be premiering Heather Hudson's, The Women and the Waves , a film that documents women in the surf world. They will also be auctioning off a custom-built surfboard from Lambrecht's company, photography, plenty of items and services from local businesses, as well as donated services and items from businesses in Sayulita.
"So people are going to be able to win stuff from Sayulita and then go down there and use it for accommodation, restaurants, surf rentals, surf lessons..."
The event starts at 8 p.m., and cover is a $5 to $10 donation at the door.
A Great Beer Experience at 10th WFF
The 10th annual Whistler Film Festival is shaping up to be a very interesting affair, indeed. Not only have organizers added an extra day, this year they've partnered with Whistler Beer to create the new Brewski's short film competition.
Organizers recently issued a call for submissions, inviting filmmakers to produce a one- to three-minute short film or animated story that visually tells audiences about "A Great Beer Experience." Tales can be dramatic, fun or outrageous, but they must tell a complete story, rather than simply being an ad for Whistler Beer. The best part? There's a $5,000 cash prize up for grabs! Plus, the top five finalists will be invited to attend the 2010 Whistler Film Festival, where the grand prize winner will be announced at the Closing Gala.