Have you ever wondered how a wave is formed? In the new documentary film featuring nine-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater titled Ultimate Wave: Tahiti, premiering June 19 at the Orlando Science Center, viewers will get to see firsthand on a giant screen how waves are formed. In addition, the film will feature state-of-the-art animated sequences detailing the science behind how a wave works and the physical properties of the oceanic phenomenon. The film uses Slater and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as the backbone for its inquiry into the science behind the art.

Beyond just the rigorous science, the film also delves into the cultural aspects of waves and wave making, as well as the cultural history of surfers in Tahiti. The film uses Tahitian surfing legend Raimana Van Bastolaer to speak of Teahupo’o, the “Ultimate Wave” feared by many surfers around the world. It also goes into the history of the ancient Polynesian watermen.

The film ultimately comes down to a balance between science and tradition, between state-of-the-art and history. It uses Kelly Slater and Raimana Van Bastolaer as the personification of the two views, and not unlike the two friends, ultimately strikes a harmony.

Ultimate Wave


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