|Billabong Odyssey (2003)
Starring: Mike Parsons, Brad Gerlach, Ken Bradshaw, Layne Beachley
Director: Phillip Boston
Big waves are the perfect catalyst for 87 minutes of explosive eye-candy in Philip Boston's IMAX look-a-like "Billabong Odyssey," a riveting documentary focusing on big-wave surfing across six continents that outlines the history behind the sport and boasts plenty of crazy footage that will blow your mind.
The appeal of extreme sports has hit an all-time high and a group of crazy pro surfers have formed a team that will seek out the biggest and baddest waves to complete a cross-country expedition around the world they've called the Billabong Odyssey. Big-time surfing rivals Mike Parsons and Brad Gerlach team up with old school tow-surf pioneer Ken Bradshaw, women's world champ Layne Beachley and the Santa Cruz boys in chasing down the biggest waves from Cortes Bank to the coasts of Spain and France as well as the mammoth 80-ft waves of "Jaws," an acclaimed hotspot off Maui that sports some of the largest waves on Earth.
The film follows this group of self-titled big-wave surfers across the world while giving a history lesson about the origin of tow surfing and the new inventions that will push the sport even further into the future. Director Philip Boston makes the documentary intensely fascinating and visually remarkable with the same beautiful cinematography of the ocean that appeared in the fictional surfer tale, "Blue Crush."
The ocean's beauty is never undermined by its natural brute force and "Billabong Odyssey" makes certain the audience feels the contrast between the two with documentation of the sick rides and nasty wipeouts that occurred throughout the trip. "Billabong Odyssey" is a unique adrenaline rush that I wouldn't mind experiencing again.