A river surfing documentary
Desiree Bilon on the Surf Anywhere Film
Published on Riverbreak Magazine, November 3, 2015
by Phil Babbicky
Photo by R. Bishop rbishophoto.com
Forty-five minutes outside of Calgary, landlocked surfers have built a world-class wave on the Kananaskis River. They have not only built a wave, but also a river surfing community. Desiree Bilon (38), a competitive ocean surfer, fascinated by the art of filmmaking and production, is now working on a film to share the stories of the most passionate river surfers in the Alberta river surfing community. Her dream now is to inspire others with her film.
What is your personal connection to surfing?
Surfing is my life.
You have an ocean surfing background, right? Tell us about it …
I have been surfing for 12 years in the ocean and surfed in over 13 countries.
Over the past decade I have worked in the surfing industry — as an ISA (International Surfing Association) certified Level 1 surf instructor, a surf tour guide, and as a surf writer in English, Italian and Spanish. I have surfed in competitions internationally, and have experience organizing events. In the past I worked as an editorial coordinator and in-house translator for Planeta Surf...
Surfs Up for Calgary CUFF.Docs 2016
Published in Metro News Calgary, November 3rd, 2016
By Aaron Chatha
Jacon Kelly Quinlan surfing Photo by: Robert Bishop
This year’s Calgary’s documentary film festival, CUFF.Docs, is getting a little wet and wild.
The line up, unveiled this week, includes a screening of Gaza Surf Club, which will open with a short documentary by Calgarian Desiree Bilon called Surf Anywhere.
Bilon chronicled the efforts of Alberta group Surf Anywhere as they created river surfing waves in Kananaskis.
“People will want to see this film because these are great surfers, surfing a great wave, 1,000 kilometers from the nearest ocean, in the winter, in sub-zero temperatures,” Bilon said.
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Films for a change
Published in Moab Sun News, February 23, 2017
By Sharon Sullivan