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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, France, and Australia.
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PG (for thematic elements, some nudity and language)
Genre:
Documentary , Sports & Fitness
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$54,000.00
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Critic Reviews for Billabong Odyssey

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

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.

November 11, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review… | November 7, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

November 7, 2003
New York Post
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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.

Full Review… | November 6, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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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.

November 6, 2003
New York Times
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Pretty much everything here -- tow surfing, hydrofoil boards, token bit on women surfers -- already appeared in this summer's equally halfass Step Into Liquid.

Full Review… | November 4, 2003
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Billabong Odyssey

Can't get enough of these tow surfing docs. Seems a little more dated and would recomend "Riding Giants" over this. Once you see that.... this movie gets more into the preparation and training going into how tow surfing got started.

Jeff Heruth
Jeff Heruth
½

I watched the BIllabong Odyssey. Its basically about tow surfing and trying to get the biggest waves in the world. It used to be impossible but with Jetskis, it is actually possible to go out deeper into the ocean so you dont have to paddle past big white waters to get big waves and be rescued easier from the waves. It was very cool. It wasnt a phenomenal film or anything but it was very cool to watch. THe visuals were the most entertraining part. But the movie started to die out visually after the first 30 minutes. But there were still some mosnter waves toward the end. I also caught Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas. It was a very beautiful film...sometimes. It was etiher amazing to see or just sortve lacking sometimes and the ending was pretty boring but it was still better than I had heard.

Dane Johnson
Dane Johnson

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