Winner – Best Documentary 2013: LEARNING TO BREATHE, Dir. Rocky Romano, USA

(European Premiere) Award-winning documentary exploring the troubled and changing life of professional surfer and legend Anthony Ruffo. Ruffo is a surfer, but he is also an addict, a dealer and a community leader.  An exploration into the oft-overlooked, darker side of surfing.

Features Anthony Ruffo, Pete Mel, Darryl Virostko and Christian Fletcher.


Winner Best Story Line – SMASH Film Festival 2013

Winner Heart and Soul Award – Mill Valley Surf Film Festival 2013

Learning to Breathe is the most important surf film of 2013 period. It strays away from the normal confines of surf cinema to scrutinize an underbelly most do not want to even think about. I applaud Rocky Romano for taking on this challenging subject matter and creating such a profound piece of work.”  Pierce Michael Kavanagh, San Diego Surf Film Festival