(Huntington Beach, Calif.) May 29, 2008 – Quiksilver is pleased to announce that production has begun for Ultimate Wave, the latest giant screen production from The Stephen Low Company, presented in association with havoc, K2 Communications, and sponsored by Suzuki Automotive. Scheduled to launch in IMAX and other giant screen theaters worldwide in Fall 2009, the 3D documentary film takes the audience on a parallel journey with the scientist and the surfer as they seek to better understand and experience one of the planet’s most intriguing and dramatic phenomena, the ocean wave.
Ultimate Wave is directed by award-winning giant-screen filmmaker Stephen Low and features eight-time world champion Kelly Slater at the helm of a surf expedition, exploring the globe to find and ride the ultimate wave. An accomplished athlete, surf explorer and devout student of the natural world Slater’s fascination and engagement with the ocean will provide audiences with a remarkable portal into the world of the wave.
“This project will be incredible,” said Slater. “My life surfing and traveling around the world is a full-time adventure and my hope is to have it translate into this film. We have some big challenges ahead of us with getting the shots we want and getting the cameras in the right place but we have some really good ideas, great locations, world-class equipment and a solid production team. The challenges are all part of the fun. I can’t wait to get started.”
With crystal clear images and wraparound digital surround sound, IMAX is the world’s most powerful and immersive movie experience. Quiksilver, Suzuki, and media partners Havoc Television and Surfline.com will help to bring filmgoers around the world a larger-than-life 3D look at the ocean, its power and the art and science of surfing through the Ultimate Wave.
The film project will be supported and extended by a series of 24 video vignettes many of which will feature Kelly Slater and behind the scenes clips to air on havoc’s dedicated Ultimate Wave channel at havocTV.com/UltimateWave and Quiksilver.com, as well as Surfline.com, viral video sites and havoc’s television platforms reaching over 50 MM US TV homes.