The Ultimate Wave Tahiti

Synopsis: THE ULTIMATE WAVE TAHITI plunges audiences into the stunning beauty of an island paradise on a quest to find the perfect wave-riding experience. Nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater and Tahitian surfer Raimana Van Bastolaer and a group of friends seek out the best waves breaking on the reef at Tahiti's famed surf site Teahupo'o. As their quest unfolds, the audience is plunged beneath the surface of things, to explore the hidden forces at work shaping ocean waves and the islands that lie in their path. Amidst playful surfing action, we navigate the cosmos and an ocean storm in a search for the source and nature of a wave's energy. Exploring mountainous Tahiti, we are thrust into the turbulent volcanic past of the island and its neighbors and discover the seagoing, wave-riding roots of the islanders themselves -- a culture still rich in the music, dance and lore of the sea. Beneath the ocean, swimming with our surfers, we explore the stunning, fragile beauty of the reef habitat
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Stephen Low
Production: K2 Communications
 
IMDB:
6.8
NOT RATED
Year:
2010
45 min
Website
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There are 118 islands

in French Polynesia.

There's Bora-Bora,

Rangiroa, Moorea,

and of course,

the most famous

of all, Tahiti.

The great surfers have

all made this long trek

across Tahiti.

Most often they are

hosted by the legendary

Tahitian surfer

Raimana Van Bastolaer.

My guest is Kelly Slater,

a nine-time world champion.

Most people regard him

as being the greatest

surfer ever.

On the far side

of the island of Tahiti,

near the village of Teahupo'o,

there is perhaps the most

dangerous wave on Earth.

Surfers call it

"the demonic wave."

Hey.

Hello.

Hey.

I try to

get the surfers here

at just the right time

when the waves are

expected to get big

and gnarly.

It is Raimana

that advises his guests

when to come to Tahiti

and surf the famous wave

at Teahupo'o.

It's a wave

that's hard to predict

because there are

so many complex factors.

Wind, tides

and distant storms.

It will come when

it's good and ready.

Ocean waves are

echoes of the ebb and flow

of vast energies

moving through

the solar system.

Gravity's invisible hand

reaches out across

empty space

to shape the oscillating

dance of the planets

and their fluids.

The spin of the Earth

and its tug of war

with the moon and sun

help shape the planet's

currents and tides.

But it is the sun's

radiant gaze

that imparts

the greatest energy.

Light's uneven heating

induces the atmosphere

and oceans

to perform

a chaotic ballet.

Currents of hot and cold chase

an impossible equilibrium.

A zone of low pressure

can draw in air

from thousands

of miles around,

generating winds

of enormous power.

When Kelly comes to Tahiti,

the whole village comes out.

We have a big group of friends

and everybody is invited.

Good surfers or bad,

nobody gets left out.

That's what

I love about surfing.

It's an honor to have

so many great surfers

come visit us,

guys like Shano and

my old friend Kelly.

I often come here to

tune up between competition,

and I like to hang out

with Raimana.

We call him

the mayor of Teahupo'o.

He takes

personal responsibility

for everything,

including the weather.

His goal is to

make everyone on Earth

happy all of the time.

The waves

are perfect today.

Are you kidding me?

Check that,

it's the worst wind

we're having here.

We need

some swell.

We need something big.

It's going to come,

you know, but,

I don't know, maybe...

How do you say? The sun...

No, the moon, full moon,

we got to wait

for full moon, too.

You know?

Right now, this morning,

on the way back...

Sometimes when

the waves don't show up,

you have to pretend

you know more than you do,

and just keep

everyone busy.

We better get some

big waves, you know?

Come on!

Whoo!

The big Tahitian

waves can pin surfers down

until they drown.

Raimana insists his guests

are well prepared

both physically and mentally.

Raimana pretends

he is not the least

bit competitive,

but he would rather drown

than come up for air

before me.

Perhaps

a demonic wave is

by definition unpredictable.

on rare occasions,

the surf at Teahupo'o can

be as gentle as a kitten.

When the waves

are still small,

all the little ones

in the village

know it's their turn

to go surfing.

And it's time for me

to get some lessons

from Fa'arua,

my neighbor's kid.

Raimana would

probably tell you

that surfing is

not something

that can be taught.

Well, there may not

be teaching going on

around Raimana,

but there's clearly

a lot of learning.

Raimana has

the surfing talent

to be a champion,

or at least when he was

young and skinny,

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