Billabong Odyssey (2003)
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Philip Boston directs the extreme surfing film Billabong Odyssey. A team of surfers tour the world's best beaches looking for the toughest waves. Features some of the top names in West Coast surfing, including Mike Parsons, Brad Gerlach, Flea Virostko, and Barney Barron. Also contains profiles of innovators in the sport (Ken Bradshaw, Rush Randle) along with the women's surfing world champion Layne Beachley. Footage comes from the coast line of California, Washington, Hawaii, Mexico, Spain,
Nov 7, 2003 Wide
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Eventually suffers from its accumulation of admittedly spectacular but repetitive images and would probably benefit from both extensive trimming and projection on a large-format screen.
A superb documentary that delves into the science, emotions and danger surrounding the handful of men and women who risk their lives searching for the ultimate thrill.
A dog's dinner of profiles, repetitive narration, safety tips and banal 'insights' into the joys and dangers of cresting waves that sometimes reach 70 feet.
The participants include a who's who of surf greats, from Mike Parsons and Layne Beachley to 49-year-old Ken Bradshaw (the father of big-wave/ tow-in surfing), who continues to ride the fearsome breaks like they were kid stuff.
With its emphasis on global positioning devices, Jet Skis and computer-designed surfboards, Mr. Boston's film is very much concerned with the stuff and very little with the spirit of professional surfing as practiced today.
Pretty much everything here -- tow surfing, hydrofoil boards, token bit on women surfers -- already appeared in this summer's equally halfass Step Into Liquid.
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