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The epic proportions of this film captured the audience within the first 10 minutes as we gasped, OMG'ed, cheered, applauded and laughed. With unprecedented jaw dropping footage showing the ocean's enormity and the thunderous sound of tonnes of water crashing on the ocean, it creates an adventurous experience for the viewer. It is raw and real.
Yes the movie is about big; very big wave surfing, yet it is the journeys and documentary style that will create appeal to a broad viewing audience. The sheer appreciation of man conquering or rather respecting the unstoppable forces of mother nature. Their passion for this extreme sport and hysterical boyish nature will make you laugh also.
The obvious journey is set during the four months of winter in 2011 as legendary Australian big wave surfers Tom Carroll, two times world surfing champion and long time friend Ross Clarke Jones, one of the pioneers in big wave surfing came together with meteorologist Ben Matson to find, track and ride the biggest waves around Australia and the great Southern Ocean.
Ben Matson, Ross Clarke Jones, Tom Carroll.
Hear the thunderous crashes of tonnes of water chasing the wave rider.
With ground breaking 3D technology, they are the best I have 'experienced' on the big screen. Several times throughout the film, I found myself wiping away the 'water' from my glasses and shaking my head at times in disbelief.
The brilliance of the 26 camera crew go to great lengths to capture some exceptional memorable moments. Placing you inside the waves, you see what it is like with tonnes of water pressuring just above their heads.
Ross Clarke Jones inside the wave, you can almost feel the pressure looming above.
They take you to the remotest offshore locations around Australia, deep into the oceans in search for the biggest waves and a big maiden wave - a wave that has never been ridden by a human.
From Shipsters Bluff at the bottom of Tasmania in the Southern Ocean to Turtle Dove Shoal 75kn off the Western Australian coast, it's quite a race against time to reach them with a short window of opportunity.
Towing out onto the waves at Turtle Dove Shoal. 75km off the WA coast.
Another aspect of this film is their individual life journey, where you will hear candid talks from Ross and Tom throughout the film. They share the same passion for big surf riding, yet come from very different perspectives.
Tom is slightly more cautious as he is understands the responsibility towards his family. Ross is without fear as you will see how he 'trains' for his role. Despite this difference, they epitomise that very Australian spirit towards sports, they are simply larikins, professional larikins. They are some of a few in the world who have the guts and experience to tackle this incredible sport.
It will also inspire you to do what you love and love what you do no matter your age. Tom is still a world class surfer at the age of 50 and Ross is as fearless as ever at 46 year old.
Watch a sneak peek at the clip.
'Go, go, go,' is Ross's catch phrase when towing Tom onto a big wave, and that is what you should do, go, go, go see it!
World Wide Premier:
14th August 2012 at Hoyts EQ Sydney
Showing at selected cinemas around Australia.
visit their website for locations, dates and times.
**Tom and Ross will host special event screenings across the country. Visit website for details.