Surf with Kelly Slater in Virtual Reality

May 24, 2017

5:50 pm

Whether he’s perfecting his cut-backs or barrels on the waves in Australia or Hawaii, professional surfer Kelly Slater continues to push the limits of big wave surfing. If you aren’t familiar with this surf Titan, Slater is by far the most successful surfer in history, donning 11 world cup titles and by 2013 broke every possible competitive surfing record out there.

Slater announced last year that he’s going to take one more go at the World Title before retiring. It’ll be some adjusting not to see Slater out slashing the swells, but there are plenty of up-and-coming surfers ready to take the torch.

Recently Slater launched his new series Continuance, a new documentary series exploring Kelly Slater’s 2017 World Tour with a look at the past, present and future of chasing waves around the world and about those who have shaped his world.

For surfer enthusiasts, this will be a similar type of documentary that John John (Twelve) and Seabass did years ago, but with a more cerebral look with a humble overtone.

While the majority of surfers will never be able to surf big waves with the Goat (Slater), there is a new film that captured him in 360-degrees so we can watch how he maneuvers through the barrels with grace and vigor.

Proximity is a film that pairs surfing icons with young surfers and explores the relationship between people, time and place. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Taylor Steel, produced by Teton Gravity Research in association with Garage Productions, you’ll get a look at four legends and four rising stars in action and hear their stories about the waves around the world. Aside from Slater, they’ve also captured John John, Shane Dorian, Craig Anderson, and more.

In a behind-the-scenes look, Steel captured Slater in 360 video as he charges an azure wave while wearing the GoPro Omni, equipped with six GoPro Hero4 Black cameras, on his hip. Sick.

“It’s a new way of telling stories and the future of filmmaking,” says director Taylor Steele about the utilization and inclusion of VR technology in Proximity in a statement. “You’re engulfed, you’re there physically and you’ll feel like you’re there with us.”

More virtual reality footage will be released in the coming weeks. Stoked.

Watch the video on Kelly Slater’s FB page or YouTube.

Photo: Kelly Slater via Facebook with GoPro

Read about virtual reality trends at Tech.Co

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Tishin is a technology journalist and correspondent. She has written for TechCrunch, Demand Studios and Fitness, and has regular network segments on local Phoenix affiliate stations. She holds a Master's degree in Clinical and Sport psychology, and has covered many areas of technology ranging from 3D printing and game development to neurotech and funding for over 15 years.

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