Billabong Odyssey Movie Website Launches

The revamped, state-of-the-art website detailing the “Billabong Odyssey” documentary has launched at The media-rich site details the most ambitious real-life surfing movie ever undertaken, and previews one of the first full-scale feature-film productions the alternative-content market.

Sponsored by Billabong International and produced by Arenaplex LLC, the Billabong Odyssey film is scheduled for theatrical release in September 2002, and is based on the three-year global expedition to find and ride the biggest waves in the world. Principal photography began in the notoriously deadly waters of Cape Disappointment, Washington on October 7 last year.


Shot primarily in 24-frames-per-second, progressive-scan 1080 HD format, the film combines the talents of the world’s best big-wave surfers, water safety personnel, jet-powered watercraft tow vehicles, and cutting-edge weather-tracking technology to create an unprecedented cinematic experience.


“This is cut-to-the-chase, big screen entertainment, captured with state-of-the-art digital technology. We have documented the biggest waves ever seen — let alone ridden — by man, putting the audience right into the jawsof these monsters,” enthuses Ivan Cheah, CEO of Arenaplex LLC.

Although specific destinations have been cloaked in secrecy, the maiden expeditions took to the seas this winter at key locations on the West Coast of the USA between the Mexican border and Vancouver Island in Canada, and in Europe in the France/Spain Basque region. Future excursions to coastlines rich with high-surf potential include the Hawaiian Chain, South America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Isles.

“We are excited to be working with Arenaplex on this unique and challenging project,” said Graham Stapelberg, VP Marketing for Billabong USA. “Ourexperience and relationships in the surfing world, combined with Arenaplex’s experience in entertainment enable us to elevate the profile of this event dramatically, while at the same time providing an unparalleled entertainment experience for audiences all over the world.”

For a more comprehensive insight into this groundbreaking film production, go to the official film site at