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Minds in the Water, is a award winning documentary following the quest of professional surfer Dave Rastovich and his friends to protect dolphins, whales and the oceans they all share. Through Dave's journey—a five-year adventure spanning the globe from Australia to the Galapagos, Tonga, California, Alaska and Japan—we see one surfer's quest to activate his community to help protect the ocean and its inhabitants.

Featuring Dave Rastovich, Howie Cooke, Hannah Fraser, Chris De Moro, Isabel Lucas, Will Conner, Hilton Dawe with special appearances by Hayden Panettiere, Ash Grunwald, Mati Waiya, Joel Parkinson, Louie Psihoyos, Jack Johnson, Kelly Slater, Paul Watson, Xavier Rudd. The film has a killer soundtrack featuring music by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd, Ash Grundwald, Band of Frequencies, Allendig, Will Conner, Valley's and Tim Flood.

All Photos © S4C Global - Hilton Dawe

Five years in the making, Minds In The Water is the story of one surfer’s international journey to help protect dolphins, whales and their ocean environment. Through the charismatic journey of one person’s life, witness an adventure spanning the globe from Australia and the Galapagos to Tonga, Alaska and Japan. See first hand how one surfer’s quest to protect dolphins and whales has blossomed into a movement of like minds. The film captures a key moment in one person’s life when apathy is no longer an option.

Pro surfer Dave “Rasta” Rastovich went from an ocean minded admirer to an ocean activist when he embarked on a personal mission to help stop the worldwide commercial slaughter of dolphins and whales. While unsure at first, Dave quickly found his activist sea legs and helped build a core team of filmmakers, journalists, musicians, eco-pirates, celebrity surfers and even a professional mermaid to help spread the message. All this has been documented in the film, Minds In The Water.

The message of the film is two fold: The power of one individual to inspire people to take action and make a difference and if ocean minded people are to pass on a sustainable culture, then they must become responsible stewards of their coastal environment.


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The Team

Dave Rastovich
Producer / Lead

Dave is currently sponsored by Billabong International and travels the world over half the year as one of their star athletes, appearing in a select number of magazine, books and film projects each year. In addition to his extraordinary surfing ability and dedication as an ecoist, Dave is also an accomplished filmmaker and musician. His gamelan beats for Wave of Compassion won the 2006 X-Dance award for sound design. Dave directed and produced the film Life Like Liquid and has been featured in other films such as Wave of Compassion, Sprout, The Next Wave and Blue Horizon (winner of the 2005 X-Dance film festival).

Saltwater Collective
Justin Krumb
Executive Producer / Director
Emmy Award winning filmmaker Justin Krumb is the founder and president of The Saltwater Collective and RoughCuts Productions (RCP) and a producer-director with a focus on feature documentary and television production. For well over a decade Justin has worked on a variety of documentary and commercial projects in countless countries spanning the globe, ranging in subject matter from sports documentary and adventure travel to humanitarian and environmental issues. His television and documentary credits include The ESPN X-games, The Surfer’s Journal, First Hand, Wave of Compassion and The Next Wave: A Tsunami Relief Story. As a multi-faceted producer, Justin’s work has been shown on Fox, ESPN, Outdoor Life Network, Fuel TV, Speed Vision, National Geographic TV and PBS.

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Jonny Vasic
Executive Producer / Producer

Jonny has 20 years experience in the entertainment industry and is founder and president of Evergreen Oasis Entertainment, which specializes in creating TV and film content that inspires change through entertainment and education. During his 3 years at Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as International Director and Director of TV and Film, Jonny was instrumental in the development of and was a Consultant on Whale Wars, Animal Planet’s top rated series, now in it’s fourth season. Prior he was Executive in charge of Production in Los Angeles for an independent television production company, Painless Productions. clients included VH1, Animal Planet, TLC, Travel Channel, discovery, Discovery HD and Fox Movie Channel. An award winning filmmaker Jonny’s life long passion for the earth and animals and his TV and film background has lead him on a journey to make content that is good for the soul and inspires positive change in the world.

Milan Vasic
Executive Producer

Milan is a Senior Producer with the Emmy Award winning ABC television hit Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, currently in its 9th season. The show received its 5th Emmy nomination and has previously won 2. In addition to his work at Extreme Makeover Milan is the Founder and CEO of the Sea Change Council an organization committed to the empowerment of people and the preservation of our planet. Milan is an avid musician and activist and a member of several organizations committed to bringing about a new paradigm in how we use our resources and treat our planet.

Steve Barilotti
Co-Producer / Writer

Over the past decade working as Surfer magazine’s globe roaming editor-at-large, photojournalist Steve Barilotti has made it his business to document the sport, art, and lore of surfing. A lifelong surfer and fourth-generation Californian, Barlo’s passion for ocean culture runs deep. His writing has also appeared in The Perfect Day and the books of renowned surf photographers Art Brewer and Ted Grambeau and the hugely popular LeRoy Grannis—Birth Of A Culture released by Taschen books in 2007. In the last five years “Barlo” has veered into screenwriting, helping produce a handful of surfing-related documentaries, including the Emmy-award-winning Kokua and Wave of Compassion.



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