Above, those are the stars of Ultimate Wave Tahiti in 3D IMAX: the unofficial mayor of Tahiti, Raimana Van Bastolaer, and 9x World Champ, Kelly Slater.
Now lets set things straight: I haven’t seen Avatar and don’t plan on it anytime soon. I’m actually boycotting it. Human or cartoon? Make up your mind.
That being said, I don’t really have anything against the whole new 3D craze. If it’s done tastefully it can work—but not everything warrants being in 3D. But to see one of the most gorgeous places on Earth, Tahiti, on an IMAX screen with Teahupoo opening it’s jaws right in your face, now that sounds like some good 3D.
The world premiere of the film took place Monday, February 8th at the California Science Center in LA. Tahitian dancers, the world’s biggest surf stars, and Hinano (Tahiti’s official beer) flowed. The movie turned out to be a good mix of the exploration for surf, a brief history of Tahiti, and scientific explanation for how waves are created (particularly Teahupoo). Ultimately the film is about the gracious and hospitable island of Tahiti as well as the relationship between the world’s greatest surfer continually journeying the Earth searching for waves and the world’s happiest man being content and patient for what life has to offer him.
Though Teahupoo did not offer 50-foot death caverns for the filming, it did create some pretty magical and enticing 6 to 8-foot surf for for Kelly and crew to go bonkers in and have fun—with the main point centering around Raimana, his island, and their immense respect for the ocean and thankfulness for life. I had never met Raimana before Monday night, but upon introducing myself the first thing he said was, “What can I do for you tonight?” And not in a way of fulfilling any of my media duties, but as a human. After we chatted for a bit I let him get back to the party and his people. On our parting he told me, “You should come to Tahiti. You are my family, you are my brother.”
I truly don’t believe there is a nicer human being in all this world. And from what I’ve been told and seen, Tahiti is full of these amazing people.—Ryan Brower
To find out more about the film and see when it hits an IMAX theater near you, head to UltimateWaveTahiti.com.
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