Robby Naish // The Longest Wave
What at first appears a standard hero's journey story, promises something altogether different.
The first clue that 'The Longest Wave', the Robby Naish biopic, ain't your average sports film is that it's made by Joe Berlinger, best known for 'Metallica: Some Kind of Monster', which defied all metalhead stereotypes and cast the group in a new and peculiar light. Since then, Berlinger has worked on many movies and documentaries across a broad range of topics from serial killers to social justice. Conspicuously, he's never worked on a sports film.
On the subject side, they've been very few athletes as distinguished, dominating, and pioneering, as Robby Naish.
At age thirteen he won his first windsurfing world championship. He then went on to win 22 more. Even when windsurfing spread beyond the Hawaiian islands, booming across Europe and Scandinavia, the number of participants swelling, Naish remained at the pinnacle well beyond his fortieth birthday.
He had a hand in new board sports, such as foiling, stand up paddleboarding, and kitesurfing, where he also bagged three world championships - taking his tally to 26 world championships - and was the world's most versatile sailor/surfer until Kai Lenny showed up.
The drive to success harbours hidden demons, and it's here Berlinger digs among the bones. With his competitive career waning, and while navigating a difficult divorce and financial tumult, Naish proposes a new challenge: to surf the longest wave. With cameras running, Berlinger is afforded entry into Naish's private world, capturing an athlete whose already achieved legend status but struggles to adjust to a life more ordinary.
As the press release says, "'The Longest Wave' transcends the action sports genre by capturing obstacles outside of the legendary athlete’s professional life in an intimate, cinéma-vérité style, revealing Naish balancing the pursuit of excellence at sea with the demands of life’s complications on land."
'The Longest Wave' is in cinemas for a limited time across Australia from November 26 and December 2 across New Zealand. Tickets on sale now via www.thelongestwave.com.au