Tahiti's Giant Waves And Blue Water Becoming An IMAX Surfing Movie
An epic wave at Teahupoo
If you asked us to converse in surf lingo with you, we wouldn't know the difference between a double overhead and an A-frame. (Thank goodness for Riptionary). But that doesn't mean that we don't appreciate the sport, or lack reverence for the gorgeous worldwide locations that surfers visit to test out their aerial skills.
World champion athlete Kelly Slater, Raimana Van Bastolaer, and director Stephen Low share this love of surf culture, which is what drew them to the Polynesian island of Tahiti, where the waves are gnarly and the scenery storybook perfect. The three just wrapped principal photography on Ultimate Wave Tahiti, which will be shown in IMAX® 3D once it's released next February.
Ultimate Wave isn't a sports documentary in the traditional sense, focusing heavily on the science of waves and Tahiti's relevant role in the sport's history. Most of the film was shot in a location known as Teahupoo to surfers—a location revered for "some of the planet's most treacherous water"—and explores how the waves, athletes, Tahitian locals, and the island's geography are intertwined.
While there's an informative slant to the film, expect epic action shots of waves to entertain as they educate. Low used newly developed camera equipment to bring the "power, majesty, and danger exhibited by ocean waves reaching their crescendo" to audiences. Even the most water-phobic travelers and moviegoers can get inside the crescent-shaped beasts, no surf lessons required.
· Ultimate Wave Tahiti [Official Site]
· Can 'Anyone' Really Learn to Surf?
·Tahiti coverage [Jaunted]