Catching up with Cyrus Sutton's Island Earth Tour

Cyrus Sutton surfing in Maui on his Island Earth tour

The pilot’s voice on the plane’s intercom was flat and dejected. “We apologize for the delay in your departure. We know many of you will be missing your connecting flights. There will be a service representative to assist you as soon as you land.” This would translate to two hours in line at midnight to get my bag off the flight only to find out after another couple hours waiting at the baggage terminal that my bag had been accidentally sent across the country. At the time of writing this I still don’t know the exact whereabouts of the the suit case containing my projector.

It’s been two months on road. Eight rental cars and eighteen screenings across Hawaii and Australia of my new documentary Island Earth under my belt. It’s a film about a young Hawaiian scientist's struggle for truth between science and tradition as he grapples with the decision to join the GMO industry in Hawaii. The tour has taken me to large theaters, community halls and film festivals filled with farmers, surfers and community activists. Hawaii is basically being used a testing ground for some of the most dangerous concoctions of pesticides known to man. And it’s being done so outdoors next to school, homes and rivers. Long discussions usually follow each showing about local issues impacting the people at each venue and how the actions of the individuals in the film apply to their area. It’s been a grueling schedule of grass-roots promotion, event setup/breakdown and travel. Luckily the surf gods provided at nearly every stop and I logged some healthy water time. On both sides of the Big Island I got fun, rippable short board surf. On Maui I got well-overhead chunky dumpers. And in Australia, after their flat, hot and dry summer, the waves and winds switched on and offered two straight weeks of perfect peelers. Always borrowing boards, it’s a fun challenge to get away from the equipment I’m used to and learn some unfamiliar curves. It felt great to get out from behind a computer to walk, talk and surf. Aside from the surf I got to visit with farmers and take more ideas for my own property back in the Pacific Northwest. 

Now back in Washington, I’m resting up for the second leg of the tour on the West Coast. This winter was particularly brutal in the PNW peppering the valley I reside with downed trees and branches. There’s lot of work ahead to clear the back two and half acres of my property from the carnage. A long summer awaits filled with milling logs, working in the garden and SUPing on the river in front of my house. But for now I’m catching up on sleep and gearing up for twenty-three screenings between San Diego and British Columbia. This time I’ll have my van, my boards, pup (and hopefully my projector) with me. If you’d like to learn more about the film Island Earth and where you can see it visit

Here’s a list of our tour dates (if you’re not on the West Coast and want to learn about how you can have a screening in your area, visit our website for more info.)

Tour dates for Cyrus Sutton's Island Earth West Coast tour

Encinitas, CA Thursday Apr. 6, 2017 6:30pm La Paloma Theater (471 S Coast Hwy 101) $8, Doors open at 6pm, Q&A with Cyrus Sutton afterwards

Encinitas, CA Thursday Apr. 6, 2017 9:30pm La Paloma Theater (471 S Coast Hwy 101) $8, Doors open at 9pm, Q&A with Cyrus Sutton afterwards.

San Juan Capistrano, CA Friday Apr. 7, 2017 5:00pm picnic dinner, 6:00pm screening The Ecology Centre 32701 Alipaz St. San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. Q&A session with Cyrus Sutton.

San Diego, CA Saturday Apr. 8, 2017 Aloha Beach Club time 6:30pm

San Diego, CA Sunday Apr. 9, 2017 6:30pm Bird's Surf Shed (1091 W Morena Blvd) Doors at 6:00pm, Screening at 6:30pm, Q&A with Cyrus Sutton.

Pismo Beach, CA Friday Apr. 14, 2017 6:30pm Chris Burkhard Studio (271B 5 Cities Dr) 6pm doors open, 6:30pm screening, Q&A with Cyrus Sutton.

Malibu, CA Saturday Apr. 15, 2017 5:00pm Saddle Rock Gardens (31727 Mulholland Hwy). VIP event including outdoors screening and dinner surrounded by the Santa Monica Mountains.

Topanga, CA Thursday Apr. 22, 2017 6:30pm Froggy's Topanga Fish Market (1105 N Topanga Canyon Blvd) 6pm doors open, 6:30pm screening, limit of 80 people, Q&A with Cyrus Sutton.

San Francisco, CA Thursday Apr. 27, 2017 7pm Roxie Theatre (3117 16th Street). 6:30pm doors open, 7pm screening, Q&A with Cyrus Sutton

Pacifica, CA Saturday Apr. 29th, 2017 6:30pm Traveler (5450 Coast Hwy). 6pm doors open, 6:30pm screening, Q&A with Cyrus Sutton.

Santa Monica, CA May 4th, 2017 7:30pm Patagonia Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade). 7pm doors open, 7:30pm screening, Q&A with Cyrus Sutton. Free event.

Portland, OR May 7th, 2017 7pm Screening Half Court Studios (2500 NE Sandy Blvd). 6:30pm doors open, 7pm screening, Q&A with Cyrus Sutton.

Portland, OR May 9th, 2017 7:30pm screening Patagonia Portland (1106 W Burnside St). 7pm doors open, 7:30pm screening, Q&A with Cyrus Sutton. Free event.

Seattle, WA May 11th, 2017 7:30pm screening Patagonia Seattle (2100 1st Ave). 7pm doors open, 7:30pm screening, Q&A with Cyrus Sutton. Free event.

Vancouver, BC May 18th, 2017 7:30pm screening Patagonia Vancouver (1994 W 4th Ave). 7pm doors open, 7:30pm screening, Q&A with Cyrus Sutton. Free event.

Victoria, BC Mary 19th, 2017 7:30pm screening Coastline Surf (1417 Broad St). 7pm doors open ,7:30pm screening, Q&A with Cyrus Sutton.

Packed house for Island Earth showing in Hawaii
A few faces in the crowd
Hawaiian chickens
Cyrus Sutton
Cyrus Sutton and his Reef sandals in Hawaii

Photos in order: Sarah Lee, Cyrus Sutton, Cyrus Sutton, Handsome Citizen, Bailey Roberts, Bailey Roberts, Cyrus Sutton