Wave of support for Gerroa surfer 

RAW THE MOVIE co-producer Mark Brightwell, of Zodiac Media Production House, is trying to drum up community support to help Gerroa pro surfer Dean Bowen take out the Intense Surf Challenge.

Mr Brightwell said Mr Bowen was the only competitor from the Wollongong and South Coast region in the contest.

He said many would have seen him in his own section in RAW THE MOVIE, which had played at festivals all over the world and could be viewed online.

"We need the community to sign in via the register or through Facebook, which is much easier, and vote for Dean Bowen to take out the Intense Surf Challenge crown," he said.

"If Dean does take out the competition he wins a large $30,000. Also, voters who get behind their entrant go in the draw for the chance to win $5000 and a trip to Fiji.

"With the competition ending at the end of January it only leaves Dean eight days get as many votes as he can.

"On January 20 alone Dean got 500 votes through friends sharing on social media and spreading the word via the direct link and voting for all six clips on Dean's profile."

All the information about competition can be found at www.intensesurfchallenge.com.

Mr Brightwell's business, Zodiac Media Production House, created all the clips.

This week he was also excited to learn the movie was now live, with an Hawaiian section revealed online for the first time at www.zodiacmedia.com.au.

He said that in January and February 2012 the Wollongong business travelled to the North Shore of Oahu to capture surfing along the famous stretch of world-class coastline in Hawaii.

He said after consistent swells and quality surfing by the world's best there was more than enough footage, and a Hawaii section was added to the internationally acclaimed surf film. 

RAW THE MOVIE is also available on iTunes worldwide and can be downloaded here or on the official www.rawthemovie.com website.

The Wollongong surf film was co-produced by Cohan Banfield with the help of sponsorship from Sanuk, Brixton, Penny Skateboards and Skipp Surfboard Australia.

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