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'Ultimate Wave Tahiti' splashes into theaters

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
February 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
There's a new movie hoping to make a splash in theaters this weekend. "The Ultimate Wave Tahiti" takes moviegoers on a surfing adventure with world champion Kelly Slater.Kelly Slater is a nine-time world champion surfer. And now he's riding the waves on the IMAX screen in 3D, exclusively at the California Science Center.

Slater is part of "The Ultimate Wave Tahiti," a film that showcases the amazing nature of waves and the science behind them.

"To educate people about surfing is good. For me, the more that I can learn about how waves are created helps me to predict where I'm going to surf," said Slater.

A famed Tahitian waterman, who seems to know when the waves are coming, helps Slater in his quest to ride that perfect wave. For him, the ocean is second nature.

"We are surrounded by oceans so we better learn about swimming," said Raimana Van Bastolaer. "Somebody who lives in the middle of a mountain knows how the mountain works. So for us it is really important to know about the water."

Learning is one major part of this movie and in 3D you'll see how a wave comes to life. It's science and nature. It is surfing and exploring, and its aim is to be exciting too.

"I want kids to take away the fact that surfing is fun. I want them to learn something about the ocean, something about the reefs," said Slater. "I want them to learn the way waves break, and what to look for if they're going to go surf.

And if they're not they can at least feel a wave in 3D.