A decade removed from a civil war that destroyed the country’s infrastructure and reputation, Sierra Leone is still rebuilding. Among these efforts, in a small fishing village called Bureh, an unlikely surf culture has emerged.
The waves at Bureh Beach present an opportunity. Residents run the Bureh Beach Surf Club, Sierra Leone’s first and only surf club, established for visitors to surf the waves and eat the fish. The local surfers who work at the club find spiritual escape in the waves, but their challenges are mounting. Uncertainties escalate as the first cases of Ebola are reported in nearby Freetown.
Ibrahim, a chef and avid surfer, dreams of traveling. He studies English every night by flashlight to trade stories about the outside world with his customers, but stories are not enough for him. K.K., the only female surfer, aspires to be what Bureh lacks -- a nurse. She sells handmade hats and bags to pay for her school fees and help her widowed mother. Prince was adopted by the village during the civil war. Now he is a rising leader who wants a brighter future for Bureh, vying for stability and transparency among local chiefs notorious for selling community property to outsiders for cheap electronics and used cars. All three are connected by their determination to improve themselves and Bureh town, day by day.
Tide to Stone is a beautifully captured and transporting view into Bureh, where dreams are at odds with reality. The premier film directed, shot and scored by David Hoon shows us the strength and unrelenting hope of a small surfing community.