Warren Miller has described it as "A must-see film by Mike Waltze for anyone who has access to the water."
The film he is talking about is "That First Glide" and it will be featured in an exclusive premiere event at the Starlight Cinema on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 5:30 p.m., at a private oceanfront home located at 1390 S. Kihei Road, next to St. Theresa Church.
If you have ever waited in the ocean on a clear blue sky day for that perfect wave and then felt the exhilaration of flying across the face of clean, pure energy traveling at what seems to be the speed of light, then this is a film for you, your friends--and definitely one you won't want to miss.
Filmed on location in the beautiful settings of Maui, Fiji, Tahiti and other part of Hawai‘i, “That First Glide” features action-packed ocean wave footage of legendary surfers such as Gerry Lopez, Laird Hamilton (above), Dave Kalama and 2011 Stand Up Paddle World Champion local boy Kai Lenny.
Presented as a benefit for Maui United Way and sponsored by KPOA 93.5 FM, this is a film for the whole family, as it ventures through the sport of stand up paddling and explores its historical surfing roots in both early Polynesia and Hawai'i.
Filmed on location in the beautiful settings of Maui, Fiji, Tahiti and other part of Hawai'i, it features action-packed ocean wave footage of legendary surfers such as Gerry Lopez, Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama and 2011 Stand Up Paddle World Champion local boy Kai Lenny.
Even better, after a fabulous sunset, a canopy of stars, planets, shooting stars and other celestial bodies will entertain you as you enjoy the exciting wave action on screen.
Stand up paddling has its roots in the surfing traditions of Hawaiian culture. The Hawaiian name is "Ku Hoe He'e Nalu." It re-emerged in the 1960s in Waikiki when tourists were introduced to this the style of surfing by the Waikiki Beach Boys.
The term "Beach Boy Surfing" was another name for the stand up paddling sport that was developed on the beach at Waikiki. The name took hold as a description of how the beach boys would paddle up in the waves and take photos of the tourists as they were learning how to surf.
Competitive stand up paddling events have sprung up in Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean and in just about every other warm-weather spot, including Hawai'i.
In addition to the outstanding film under the stars, the evening also includes the music of Kanoa Kukaua, heavy pupu, bar, favorite movie snacks, entertainment and a silent auction.
Tickets are available for $75 (VIP), $40 (general admission), and $20 (children under 12 and grass-seating only). Tickets are expected to sell out, so get your tickets today at www.mauiunitedway.org or call (808) 244-8787.