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40 minutes

Featuring nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater, The Ultimate Wave Tahiti follows a quest to find the perfect wave-riding experience.  Filmed in Tahiti and among the islands of French Polynesia, the film showcases dramatic 3D surfing action in a unique Pacific paradise.

Kelly Slater and a group of friends arrive in Tahiti.  With their host, Tahitian surfer Raimana Van Bastolaer, they will seek out the best waves breaking on the reef at the famed surf site Teahupo’o.  Kelly and Raimana share a passion for the waves, but different ideas about what surfing means: is it a modern competitive sport or an ancient Polynesian wave-riding art?  Either way, if the right conditions arise, they hope to surf some unique giant barrels created by storm swells breaking atop the shallow reef.

As the surfer’s quest unfolds, the film explores the hidden forces at work shaping the waves and the islands that lie in their path. In stylized animated segments, the audience is propelled into the cosmos to discover the sources of a wave’s energy; and then back to Earth to witness the swirling dance of the atmosphere that will transfer energy deep into the ocean and shape a wave’s long journey across thousands of miles of open Pacific.

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