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December 16, 2009


Nine-time world surfing champion's feature film premieres in February.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (Dec. 15, 2009)---Nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater comes to IMAX and other Giant Screen theaters in early February with the premiere of The Ultimate Wave Tahiti, shown in both 3D and 2D formats. For those hoping to get an early look at the action and Tahiti's beauty in director Stephen Low's film, the distributor has launched a new website, www.ultimatewavetahiti.com, as well as releasing the trailer and poster art for the upcoming feature.


According to Mark Kresser of K2 Communications, Inc., the Website includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the two-year production and provides an insight to the many challenges faced by the crew. It also paints a personal picture of the relationship that developed between Slater and his Tahitian surfing partner, Raimana Van Bastolaer, as they tackled Teahupo'o, considered one of the most difficult waves in the world.

"So much of the film is a human interest story as the local Tahitian community plays host to Kelly's quest for the perfect wave," said Kresser.

He said the trailer for The Ultimate Wave Tahiti, available on the website and soon debuting in selected Giant Screen theaters, will provide a glimpse of both the surf action and familiarity between the surfers that is integral to the film's storyline.

The poster art for The Ultimate Wave Tahiti is also being released in conjunction with the Website and trailer. Phil Roberts, well-known surf lifestyle artist, was commissioned to produce a unique look for the film, concentrating on both the Slater persona and the famed Tahitian wave.

Kresser said "the Roberts art treatment provides a blend of strong graphics and striking colors that do justice to the spectacular Tahitian scenery and the majesty of Teahupo'o."

At the core of the film is wave-formation science that helps the viewer understand the genesis and growth of waves like Teahupo'o that deliver the highest energy density of any renewable resource. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provided scientific consultation for the film and will be creating film-related outreach activities to communicate messages related to the care and protection of the world's oceans.

The Ultimate Wave Tahiti, which will premiere Feb. 8, 2010 at the Los Angeles Science Center IMAX Theater, is produced by The Stephen Low Company in association with K2 Communications and havoc Television. Underwriting and marketing for the film was provided by Suzuki, Tahiti Tourisme, and Quiksilver.


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Photos Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Posted by Denise at December 16, 2009 05:34 PM

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