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Wed, 10 October 2018

The Robert Redford film that depicts the rise of the Momentum Generation initially spurned by Kelly Slater will screen at the Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival in December. Check it.


Recently premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, it will come to Cape Town for Wavescape at the beginning of December (dates TBC). For the first time in their careers, the core members of surfing's most legendary crew – including Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Taylor Knox, Benji Weatherley, Kalani Robb, Ross Williams, Taylor Steele, and Pat O'Connell – have agreed to tell their story as a collective together.

Slater has been quoted as saying he didn't want to be part of it initially, but warmed to the idea as the project moved on. Written and directed by award-winning filmmakers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist (The Two Escobars, Favela Rising) and from executive producer Robert Redford, MOMENTUM GENERATION shows the deep friendships that were formed and tested throughout their careers as top athletes and cultural icons.

Fuelled by camaraderie – but even more so by a deep-seated competitiveness – this tight-knit crew became known as the "Momentum Generation" after being featured in Taylor Steele’s groundbreaking films (The Drifter, Castles In the Sky). They went on to win world titles, break records, and redefine the world's perception of the surfer, youth culture, and what it means to be free.

As told through their own voices, captured over the course of multiple years of production and with full access to the crew’s private video archive, the Momentum Generation surfers reflect on the complexity of the brotherhood and competition that shaped their shared emotional journey and made these pioneers both heroic and human.

In the teaser, the surfers join as a group for the first time. “We all knew each other from surfing different amateur events,” Rob Machado says. “But it wasn’t until we stayed at Benji’s house that we became a posse."

It was all a fluke, an accident in a way, that the house was in the perfect spot to launch ramp multiple careers. As Benji says, “My mom and dad split up. She went to Hawaii on vacation. She came back and said, ‘hey boys, get in the car, we’re moving to Hawaii.’ And it happened to be the north shore of Oahu.”

And that was that. See you in December.

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