A beautiful, inspiring film directed by Justin Mitchell and Vince Medeiros has touched hearts all over the world. The documentary, Rio Breaks, tells the story of two best friends living in the hills of Rio de Janeiro, determined to excel in surfing. Surrounded by vicious drug cartels and violence, Rio Breaks shows the daily struggles that thirteen-year-old Fabio and twelve-year-old Naama face in the slums and the excitement that the boys have while surfing their favorite breaks.
Total Film states that this film is “Gentle, touching and beautifully captured, this is the best surfing documentary since Riding Giants.”
Watch the Rio Breaks trailer here:
Watch the entire Rio Breaks film on iTunes.
In order to protect these young children from the dangers of daily life, The Favela Surf Club has been created. This organization helps keep kids in the water and off the street. It makes a huge difference in the local community. Unfortunately, they are starting to lack in the amount of funding that they need. For anyone interested in helping, they need used equipment to get the kids out in the water! To donate or even just learn more, visit the Rio Breaks HERE.