Fri, 26 February 2010

Durban: More than 250 members of the surfing industry, media and the surfing community turned up in style to see the South African premiere of the anticipated Ultimate Wave Tahiti last night.

Put on by Quiksilver and IMAX Gateway, the film by Stephen Low featuring nine times World Campion Kelly Slater, is an educational story that captures the spirit of surfing, the science of the ocean and the power and beauty of Tahiti.

The film focuses on the volcanic islands of French Polynesia, home to the Polynesian seafaring culture and some of the world’s most challenging surf, as well as astounding coral reef ecosystems that interface between the island and the ocean. 

"Awesome footage," said one guest, of the grinding visuals showing Kelly and Raimana Van Bastolaer riding some intense tubes.

For anyone interested in surfing, the mechanics of waves and Tahitian culture it is a must see.

The film opens to the public today, and plays at Gateway until the end of April before moving to Menlyn for the month of May. Tickets are R42 and R32 for children. The film is 48 minutes in duration.

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