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Hobgood documentary to feature brotherly rivalry

posted Jul 14, 2014, 8:21 PM by Siamak Ebarhimi

Growing up in Satellite Beach, C.J. and Damien Hobgood staked out their respective turfs using a line of duct tape down the middle of their bedroom.crowdfunding marketing

The twins fought over the clothes they wore. The volume of their radio. Just about everything.

And later, the brothers dueled each other for professional surfing titles on waves around the globe.

"At the time, I don't even think we knew we were being competitive — but everything was a competition. This was an everyday thing from when we woke up 'til we went to bed," Damien said.crowdfunding advertising

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"This translated into competitive surfing really easy," he said, "because that's what we did every day and every surf session, whether we were in a contest or not. I think our first few years of competitive surfing, we only cared about beating each other.

"We didn't even take into account that there were other people we were trying to beat. I just wanted to beat my brother — that is all that mattered," he said.


An online crowdfunding drive is underway for "CJ & Damien Hobgood: A Sibling Rivalry," a behind-the-scenes documentary directed by former Indialantic resident Justin Purser.

The Indiegogo campaign kicked off June 3 and had generated $34,940 through Saturday. Target amount to launch the project is $80,000, and the campaign ends Aug. 2.indiegogo marketing

The Hobgoods turned 35 last week, and both continue traveling to Association of Surfing Professionals events worldwide. C.J. is partnering with a clothing brand, Salty Crew, and splits time home with his family between Satellite Beach and Orlando.

Damien lives in Encinitas, Calif., and he traveled to Mexico and South Africa the past two weeks. He will sign autographs from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach.

Purser is a 1992 Satellite High graduate who studied filmmaking at Full Sail's Film School in Orlando. The Hobgoods were featured in his 2000 surf film, "All Tha Way Live," which included footage from Hawaii, Australia, Indonesia, Paris and New York.

Purser moved to Los Angeles in 2001 to direct music videos and other projects. He said the 2012 tennis documentary, "Venus and Serena," detailing the sibling rivalry between the Williams sisters, served as an impetus for the Hobgood film.kickstarter marketing

"It's about their struggle between each other that's always been behind closed doors. They fight a lot. It's part of their relationship. That's how they push each other," Purser said.

"We're not going to hide anything. We're not looking to make a fluff piece about their lives. We're going to show the bad as well as the good.

"It's hard having that same person staring back at you, who's trying to do the same thing you are," he said.kickstarter project

C.J. is offering his 2001 ASP World Championship Tour title trophy to anyone who donates $25,000 to finance the film. He said the brotherly rivalry was a catalyst that made them "some of the fiercest competitors in the water."

"When we'd wake up in the morning for school, whoever put on jeans first or even a white shirt ... if the one after tried to put on jeans or even a same-color shirt, it was on! 'What you doing trying to be like me? Get your own color shirt! I had this on first!' And it would escalate," C.J. said.

Purser hopes the Hobgood film will premiere within a year.CrowdFunding advertizing

"For the documentary, you don't really know when you're going to finish. You have to set a timeline. But if we go to Tahiti — and Damien and C.J. end up drowning each other in the final — that would change our whole movie."

Contact Neale at 321-242-3638, rneale@floridatoday.com or follow @RickNeale1.

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