Surf Próprio

The birth and rise of São Tomé’s first generation of surfers — from wooden boards to the World Junior Surf Championships.

Miguel “Micha” Ribeiro is both an observer and a player in the birth and rise of the surf culture in the west african archipelago nation of São Tomé e Príncipe. Merging an indigenous tradition of riding waves, with the figure of it’s most talented young surfer Jejé Camblé, surfing in São Tomé grows from a cultural link between a group of kids in Santana, all the way to the first ever participation in the World Junior Surfing Championship.

  • João de Sousa
  • João de Sousa
  • Miguel Ribeiro
  • LeJoy
  • Jéjé "Vidal" Camblé
    Key Cast
  • Miguel "Micha" Ribeiro
    Key Cast
  • Edu Guerra
    Additional Cast
  • Chun
    Additional Cast
  • Marlen de Sousa
    Additional Cast
  • Danilk Afonso
    Additional Cast
  • Zézito Guerra
    Additional Cast
  • Boys of Santana
    Additional Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Other
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Surf
  • Runtime:
    55 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 8, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Sao Tome and Principe
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Church Yard Screening
    Santana, São Tomé e Príncipe
    Sao Tome and Principe
    September 17, 2021
    São Tomé Premiere
  • Surf At Lisbon Film Festival
    November 4, 2021
    Best National Production
Distribution Information
  • LeJoy Originals
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - João de Sousa

João Sousa, filmmaker and producer from Porto, has centered is work over the last 10 years around a documental narrative vision, both in his commercial projects through the LeJoy Film Atelier, and in his independent work, where films like “The Current” with Belind Baggs or “Bonzer(s)” with Malcolm Campbell explore surf as an path for cultural and enviornmental exploration.

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