Wakeskating movie premieres at Seafood Shack

Integrity and Mutiny Wakeskates, a team of new action sport enthusiasts who combine wake and skate boarding, present “Ride Among Us,” a movie premiere, 7-11 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Seafood Shack Restaurant, 4110 127th St., Cortez.

        The full-feature film directed by Mitchell Cobb showcases two Island locals, Andrew Fortenberry and Nick Taylor, as well as other wakeskate riders from across the country, including Ryan Lemons, Blake Steele, Josh Norman, Collin Gee, Jen GilanFarr and Gabe Paulson.

        It debuted at a Hollywood-style opening at the Varsity Theater in Baton Rouge, La., March 14, and the Cortez viewing is only the second “premiere” showing of the movie.

        Wakeskating is a small but growing action sport, popular with young surfers and wakeboarders.

        Two young talents featured in the film, Fortenberry and Taylor, learned the sport while growing up on Anna Maria Island. Fortenberry has a website with tips and lessons and plenty of footage shot on the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island.

        They both have attracted the sports’ star sponsors for products and endorsements.

        Food and drink will be available at the Seafood Shack. Copies of the DVD also will be available for purchase at the event.

        For more information, call Fortenberry’s dad, Brett, 941-778-0436.

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