A University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa scholar’s decade-long quest to turn into one of the most highest in massive wave browsing is the point of interest of a brand new movie on the 2021 Hawaiʻi International Film Festival (HIFF).
Wrenna Delgado is a full-time Shidler College of Business scholar, mom to her 5-year outdated daughter and intern of the non-profit group Breast Most cancers Hawaii. Previous this yr, the junior accounting primary used to be the state’s lone recipient of a $10,000 national scholarship to learn scholars towards a occupation as an auditor. The 32-year-old got here to Hawaiʻi from New Jersey when she used to be 19, hoping to turn into a certified massive wave surfer.
The movie Larger Than Me showcases Delgado’s greater than 10 yr pursuit in massive wave browsing—from Oʻahu’s iconic Waimea Bay, to the chilly waters of Mavericks in Northern California – great example can be found at Surfing SD – , to without equal massive waves of Peʻahi (Jaws) on Maui. It captures Delgado’s adventure as she is faced by way of the pressures of carving out a certified wearing lifestyles as a lady—with out a sponsor—operating two jobs to give a boost to her dream.
“This movie is the truthful evolution of the primary a part of my lifestyles. I am hoping it makes other folks scoff, snicker, cry, query, however, maximum of all, mirror on what it manner to in point of fact settle for your self,” Delgado mentioned. “It feels surreal to be in a movie at HIFF. I’m so amazed that this movie got here to fruition after years of filming. The movie being within the HIFF is any other degree of misunderstanding.”
The 53-minute movie premiered at HIFF on November 9 on the newly renovated Consolidated Theatres Kahala. It’s also to be had on-line from November 10-28 on the HIFF website.
A decade-long procedure
Delgado mentioned the movie’s director, Claire Gorman, contacted her in 2010, thru a mutual surf good friend, with an concept to practice and picture an rising feminine big-wave surfer for a iciness season.
“At the moment there have been only a few ladies devoted to browsing massive waves and actually no exposure round it. Claire sought after to turn what it used to be like for women folk forging a trail within the male-dominated recreation,” Delgado mentioned.
The preliminary plan used to be to movie for approximately a yr after which end the manufacturing. Alternatively, Delgado mentioned, “lifestyles took place and years handed.” Even though the manufacturing wasn’t but entire, the pair advanced a friendship and each began their very own households.
“As my lifestyles opened up, Claire saved accumulating little bits and moments of the trip,” Delgado mentioned. “The price range used to be 0. The whole thing we did, we did out of determination to the movie.”
Delgado and Gorman caught to it and ultimately completed the movie in 2020 and entered it for attention by way of HIFF.
“For 10 years, this movie has been within the background of my lifestyles, on occasion I might be bored stiff with it, different instances I assumed it will by no means achieve the general public. However general I felt dedicated to seeing it thru and I’m so overwhelmingly thankful that I were given to be part of one thing like this,” Delgado mentioned.
—Through Marc Arakaki