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A narrative surf film based on the best-selling memoir, Saltwater Buddha
A narrative surf film based on the best-selling memoir, Saltwater Buddha
218 backers pledged $17,464 to help bring this project to life.

Recent updates

2016 Maui Film Festival


It's true! It's happening!

Saltwater Buddha will make it's world premiere at the Maui Film Festival!

We know, and appreciate everyones patience while we bootstrapped our film. Once we have premiered and played in a few festivals we will then start releasing DVD's and links on-line.

We will continue to post updates so you can join us at one of our silver screen showings. For now if you're in Maui in June or San Diego in May let us know, we'd love to have you join us.

You have all been wonderful patient supporters and we are grateful. 

If you Kickstarter donation included a DVD or copy we will fulfill those as soon as we legally can. If you feel you are still missing merchandise please let us know and we will remedy it.

Thank you from the entire SWB Team!

Happy New Year!


2014 is going to be a great year! The SWB Team sends everyone love and light for a fabulous year full of success and paths crossing.

Our brilliant editor has gotten back from 3 months in Bangladesh and is fully engulfed in Saltwater Buddha. We have been working hard on music tracks so we may be able to offer the soundtrack as well. We have been fortunate enough to be able to use music from MC Yogi, Chris Sullivan and our regulars like Nine Pound Shadow and Jim Klar. The amount of talent within this film is stunning and we can't wait to share it.

“The greatest prayer is patience”  (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

So with patience and persistence, I along with Jaimal, Mike and Jordan continue to make the film worthy of the book.

With Gratitude,


Editing along

Happy Friday from the SWB Team!

Our editor, Jordan, has been hard at work and we have had the opportunity to see great progress. And we are even more excited about the end product.

I received an update from a Kickstarter project that I backed that told their supporters they were delayed in delivering their final product. They also included this link from Kickstarter that I read and think has some great points. If you have a second read about how lateness is not failure.

I hope all of you enjoyed a wonderful summer. The SWB Team grew by one this July and we are delighted to introduce Eben Yogis into this wonderful group of people.

If anyone has any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Till then know we are all hard at work completing the film and vision of Saltwater Buddha.

Thank you.

An update from Jaimal

Dear SWB Supporters, Thanks so much to all of you who have been staying on me recently, asking that age-old question of the seekers and prophets: Are we there yet? Well, no. Not yet. But do not despair. I'm more stoked and ever about this film because the family is growing and each edit is getting better. We've brought on an whiz-kid editor, Jordan Dozzi, who I met in Bangladesh of all places but happens to live at Ocean Beach. (Here's the amazing surf project we were working on and his edit, We've also been blessed with music from the likes of Sully and the Benevolent Folk, MC Yogi, Nine Pound Shadow, Jim Klar, and many more. (I've even been getting into the mix to add some homespun tunes.) We are stretching every dime you've so generously donated and I'm confident something magical is going to happen with the final project BECAUSE OF YOU! (Sorry for sounding like our president there but it's true.) So, no, we are not there yet but we can see land ahead, and I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for making the journey sweeter. Also, check out some of the musicians here: MC Yogi -- Jaimal

It's Really Happening

Hello Kickstarter Supporters,

We have made incredible strides and find ourselves on the backstretch of this amazing journey. The light at the end of the tunnel grows brighter each day and for that we continue to send out our gratitude to each of you.

Saltwater Buddha the Film is now in the hands of our finish editor and we have amassed some more amazing new orginal music from Chris Sullivan ( and Bird Courage ( I encourage you to check out their music.

All mailings should have arrived by now. I know a few items went overseas and far away so please let us know if you have not received what you pledged for. You can also order additional copies of the book and poster of you like.

I look forward to sharing our completed film with our entire community and thank each of you again from the bottom of our hearts!