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Storm Surfers

A runner-up for the Blackberry People’s Choice Documentary Award, this awe-inspiring documentary follows two Australian best mates, approaching their fifties, who travel the southern hemisphere pursuing one of the world’s most deadly and exhilarating sports:
big wave surfing.

Two-time world champion Tom Carroll and legendary big-wave rider Ross Clarke-Jones chase the world’s largest and most powerful waves—swells generated miles offshore by momentous storms, and rising as high as the Sydney Opera House. As Ross and Tom’s resident weather guru leads them to ever-more remote, unpredictable and dangerous
locations, the risks and the payoffs escalate with each wave.

With this playful, touching and visually arresting film, veteran surf documentarians
Christopher Nelius and Justin McMillan capture with a knowing eye the notion that surfing is as much a state of mind as it is a sport. Carroll and Clarke-Jones respond to the physical and mental demands of the sport in divergent ways: Carroll, who has defied death on more than one occasion, is beginning to feel an awareness of his own mortality under the pressures of aging and fatherhood. In contrast, the rebellious Clarke-Jones seems to grow more fearless each day and shows no signs of slowing down.

This compelling drama is set against sublime cinematography that is stunning in 3D or 2D; never has the ocean appeared more tangible, alluring or terrifyingly breathtaking on the screen. Innovative mobile camera techniques allow viewers to drop virtually into a fifty-foot wave, carve down its face and slip into a perfect barrel while running their fingers along the inside of its sun-lit crest, all from the comfort of the cinema.

As immersive as it is beautiful, Storm Surfers is about friendship, adventure and the miraculous things that the human mind and body are capable of.


"The twin Australian ideals of outdoor adventure and ecstatic camaraderie achieve harmonic convergence in the visceral, extreme-sport thrill-ride Storm Surfers." —Eddie Cockrell, Variety

It's as real as a blast of saltwater to the face, and the film's moments of human self-doubt are as fascinating as the superhuman antics on view." - Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Director: Justin McMillan, Christopher Nelius
Cast: Ross Clarke-Jones, Tom Carroll
Year: 2012
Runtime: 95 minutes
Country: Australia
Language: English
Distributor: Filmswelike

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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