Hype is beginning to build over the impending premiere of the Surf movie Thundercloud. For those who are not aware of this movie, it’s a documentary that centres on the legendary and most perfect surf spot of Cloudbreak. The spot in question has been known under a few guises over the years, Cloudbreak, Tavarua or Thundercloud Reef, it doesn’t matter what you call it, it is without doubt one of the most perfect waves in the world.
The film captures what happened on one of the most infamous days of the Surfing World Tour (8th June 2010) at Thundercloud Reef in Fiji, when a gigantic swell arrived the morning of the contest. Not only were the world’s best surfers in town for the competition, but many other famous names and big wave chargers were heading in, chasing the mighty swell. As the first heat began and the swell steadily increased it was clear that the watching world were about to witness something extraordinary.
By the second heat, with the swell increasing all the time and so many empty waves passing by and one contestant already injured, the organisers made a controversial decision to cancel the event. This allowed the hungry big wave brigade and the worlds best a free run to tackle the every increasing swell. The ensuing spectacle was a demonstration of perfect big wave tube riding.
The two-hour documentary has taken 3 years to produce and has reached fruition due to a successful crowd funding campaign on Pozible. Featuring such names as Shane Dorian, Joel Parkinson, Kelly Slater and Mavericks, man of the moment, Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Thunderclouds looks to be this years must see surf movie. The World Premiere is on Thursday 13th February in Sydney, Australia – as yet we cannot find any details of showings in the UK, but as soon as we find out we will update through our Facebook page.
The video below is a teaser to the film Thunderclouds, take a look and then hope it ends up being shown in a cinema near you.