Saturday, April 30, 2011

Kelly Slater’s IMAX® Surf Epic DebutS AT FERNBANK MUSEUM

The most iconic surfer of modern times, Kelly Slater, carves up Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s five-story giant screen with his first ever IMAX® film appearance in The Ultimate Wave Tahiti, opening May 6, 2011.

The perfect environment for understanding a wave’s development and energy, Tahiti enthralls audiences with incredible imagery of the ocean, commanding views of picturesque landscapes, unique Polynesian culture customs, and the quest for the perfect wave.

Don’t miss this extreme blend of surfing and ocean science with world surfing champion Kelly Slater as you travel to one of the world’s most beautiful locales. Audiences will experience the power and speed of surfing and the sensation of riding some of nature’s most intense ocean waves in a visually stimulating experience for all ages.

Join Slater and Tahitian surfing legend Raimana Van Bastolaer on a quest to ride the most commanding waves in Tahiti’s famed surf site, Teahupo’o. Watch as the two surfing experts demonstrate not only their natural athleticism but also the science behind their sport. The film dives in to explore the incredible forces of nature that create these tremendous ocean breakers.

In a series of multiple angles and views, audiences will witness the raw force of surfing conditions generated by storm cells intruding upon the shallow reef. Discover the speed, structure, volume and mass behind the creation of one of nature’s most powerful forces as millions of pounds of the ocean’s energy rumble past. The power from these storms becomes further concentrated at the sea bottom, resulting in the creation of the very waves Slater and Van Bastolaer hope to catch.

Modern surfing and its culture often mention the search for the perfect wave, and Slater and Van Bastolaer help explain where waves come from, why they are important, and how communities and people both near and far from the ocean shore are affected by the ocean’s interplay within our ecosystem. With the use of advanced animation techniques and science support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Slater’s hands-on wave experience is woven together with profound scientific insights.

“The film attempts to convey the idea that no two waves are the same. Yet, all waves share common traits,” said the film’s director, Stephen Low. “Like Kelly Slater himself—the epitome of what the best surfer in the world should be in terms of athletic prowess, intelligence and courage—to many the wave at Teahupo’o is indeed the ‘ultimate wave.’”

Creator of some of the most popular and critically acclaimed large format documentary films, Low and his production crew capture the breathtaking beauty of Tahiti’s pristine coastline using real waves and advance computer animation. The Ultimate Wave Tahiti is the latest collaboration between the Stephen Low Company and K2 Communications, Inc. and is presented by American Suzuki Motor Corporation with supporting partnerships from Tahiti Tourisme North America and Quiksilver.

The Ultimate Wave Tahiti shows daily at Fernbank’s IMAX® Theatre from May 6 through August 11, 2011. The film will also be featured on Friday nights during Martinis & IMAX®. Also showing through August 11, 2011 is Tornado Alley. Fernbank Museum and the IMAX® Theatre are located at 767 Clifton Road, NE in Atlanta.

IMAX® tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $11 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children ages 2 and younger (when seating is available). Tickets for Martinis & IMAX®, which include live music and one IMAX® film screening, are $12. Fernbank also offers special savings to those who wish to visit the Museum and see an IMAX® film with the Value Pass combination ticket, which is $19-$23 for non-members. Members receive complimentary museum admission and pay only $8 for IMAX® tickets. Annual Family Memberships start at $95. To reserve tickets, call 404.929.6400 or book online at

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