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The Go Big Project announces feature length film with important anti-drug message

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. and#8212; The Go Big Project announces production of a new feature-length documentary film, and#8220;Ruffo,and#8221; about 47-year-old professional surfing icon Anthony Ruffo, his struggles with methamphetamine addiction and his ambitious efforts to lead his communities and#8212; both Santa Cruz and the surfing world and#8212; out of drug dependency and into a more clear and healthful future.

Anthony was born and raised on the west side of Santa Cruz. He is regarded as one of the and#8220;Godfathersand#8221; of the infamous Westsiders surf brotherhood, who put Santa Cruz on the surfing map. Ruffo rose to fame as the first champion of the Coldwater Classic in 1985 and still, to this day, continues to surf at a professional level. Unfortunately, with the success came partying, then addiction and then consequences.

Anthony is now facing a potential five-year prison term for alleged distribution of methamphetamine. His court date is Feb. 14, 2011. Anthony voluntarily checked himself into the Clear Mind Healthy Planet treatment center in New York, Nov. 5, 2010. After completing his treatment, Anthony began to look for a way to give back to the community of Santa Cruz. He partnered with the Clear Mind Healthy Planet team and created his own treatment concept: The Anthony Ruffo Project. He introduced the program to the city of Santa Cruz Dec. 10, 2010 with a week-long open house. More than 40 people attended at least four hours a day for the six days.

Says award-winning filmmaker Rocky Romano, and#8220;I have filmed Anthony through this journey and can honestly say that I have some of the most compelling and amazing footage that I have ever captured. The end of this story is yet to be determined as we all wait for the trial on Feb. 14. In the end, I hope that this film will serve as one of the most effective anti-drug use documentaries ever made.and#8221;

The film also explores the impact of substance abuse on the professional surfing world through interviews with an impressive roster of surfers including Shawn and#8220;Barneyand#8221; Barron, Dino Andino, and#8220;Beaver,and#8221; Vince and#8220;The Godfatherand#8221; Collier, Jason and#8220;Ratboyand#8221; Collins, Chris Gallagher, Shane Beschen, Anthony Tashnick, Tyler Smith, Nathan Fletcher, Christian Fletcher, Kolohe Andino, Sunny Garcia, Peter Mel, Ken and#8220;Skindogand#8221; Collins, Darryl and#8220;Fleaand#8221; Virostko, Peter Townend, Shawn Dollar, Tyler Fox, Ashton Madeley, Nat Young, Jake Davi, Chris Ward, Tommy Reyes, Michael Ho, Troy Rettig, Koby Abberton, Willie Eagleton and Shane Desmond.

According to Romano, the recent passing of world-champion surfer Andy Irons has helped to create a dialogue about the secrecy surrounding drug use in the surfing world. These conversations are captured in the film, which is dedicated to the memory of both Andy Irons and Peter Davi.

The official film trailer can be viewed at http://www.ruffothefilm.com, password: ruffo.

The Go Big Project is seeking sponsors to help finance the project. Individuals wishing to support the project are encouraged to donate through Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1735291979/ruffo-a-feature-length-documentary-film.