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The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D

bigImage THE ULTIMATE WAVE TAHITI plunges audiences into the stunning beauty of an island paradise on a quest to find the perfect wave-riding experience. Eleven-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater and Tahitian surfer Raimana Van Bastolaer and a group of friends seek out the best waves breaking on the reef at Tahiti's famed surf site Teahupo'o. As their quest unfolds, the audience is plunged beneath the surface of things, to explore the hidden forces at work shaping ocean waves and the islands that lie in their path.

Amidst playful surfing action, we navigate the cosmos and an ocean storm in a search for the source and nature of a wave's energy. Exploring mountainous Tahiti, we are thrust into the turbulent volcanic past of the island and its neighbors and discover the seagoing, wave-riding roots of the islanders themselves -- a culture still rich in the music, dance and lore of the sea. Beneath the ocean, swimming with our surfers, we explore the stunning, fragile beauty of the reef habitat -- a turbulent, wave-shaping interface that envelops the island and nurtures the ocean's multitudes in motion -- fish, dolphins, sharks and whales.

When the truly big surf arrives at Teahupo'o, surfing play becomes surfing survival as the riders artfully tackle some of the heaviest surf on the planet -- spectacularly captured for the giant screen for the first time.

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Directed by Stephen Low. Produced by Pietro L. Serapiglia. A Production of Perfect Wave Inc., in Association with K2 Communications and Havoc Television. Narrated by Michael Hanrahan. Executive Producers: Jeff Cutler, Mark Kresser, Terry Hardy. Written by Alexander Low. Editor James Lahti. Director of Photography: Mark Poirier. Composer: Michel Cusson. Presented by Suzuki, with supporting sponsorship from Tahiti Tourisme and Quiksilver.

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BMZ Reviews:

Featuring Kelly Slater By Ross Anthony

The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D By Ann Coates

Outside Reviews:

"Kelly Slater Masters the Ultimate Wave in 3D" By, Banquet

"The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D" By Andrew Barker, Variety

"Angelenos Get Barreled With Kelly Slater in Tahiti, Without Flashing a Passport or Packing a Bikini" By Stacie Krajchir, The Huffington Post

"Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D IMAX World Premiere" By Ryan Brower, Transworld Surf

"Kelly Slater teaches science through surfing" By Jaimee Lynn Fletcher, The Orange County Register

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Ultimate Wave Tahiti: A Giant Screen View into the Universe of Waves By K2 Communications (December 16, 2009)

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Posted by: stompandflow, 2009-07-02 00:56:38
It doesn't get any bigger than this in the world of surfing - the greatest surfer ever, Kelly Slater, and the gnarliest wave in the world, Teahupoo, all caught in the beauty of IMAX. Read more and see the trailers here:


Posted by: cpollock, 2010-02-16 12:17:09
Gentleman, Congratulations on pulling together an unforgettable cinematic experience. Almost 24 hours later, I’m still seeing exotic fish, bikini clad Tahitian surfer-girls and Slater’s fins push right up against my face. That was a truly amazing film and I never imagined I’d get to see the ocean captured so incredibly on the big screen. Humbly speaking, I own almost every surf related movie / video dating back to 1964’s Endless Summer and I re-watch them frequently. I can tell you with certainty that not one of them can touch what you’ve done here. As a lover of the ocean, I really enjoyed the process by which you engage the viewer on a multitude of levels. Last night I received the full IMAX experience and then some. When I think IMAX, I envision an opportunity to get up close and experience one on one what’s it like to feel the dangerous winds on Mt Everest, surf Jaws and in this case be thrown over the ledge at Teahupoo. If the main character of the film is the mountain or the ocean, IMAX offers you a chance to play a supporting role. In this case and this is not a joke, I actually felt as though I was dropping in on those waves with Slater and Raimana. Moreover, I’m sold on Tahiti and I have to get over there one day soon (I will bring a helmet!). I also liked how this film touched on friendship, loyalty, passion, tradition, dedication and courage. I can’t imagine it’s an easy task to mix cutting edge science and history with these other attributes, and I feel like they all weaved together beautifully. I’m no expert, but I’d say you’ve broken new ground here. I believe this film offers something for every one of all ages, especially if you’re fascinated by the ocean. I will be viewing this film many more times. F&*k Avatar! Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this experience. Chris


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