Press Release 7th September
San Francisco Hosts the World Premiere of ‘Chapter One: The Kiteboard Legacy Begins’
The world’s first 4K kiteboarding movie features Richard Branson, Don Montague, Ruben Lenten and many more. The travel and adventure film is shot on breathtaking locations around the globe, and inspires viewers to get out on the water.
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While Hollywood and New York get the lion’s share of red carpet film premiere galas, the most natural place to unveil the documentary action feature, ‘Chapter One: The Kiteboarding Legacy Begins’, is San Francisco. On the 15th of September the globehopping film, featuring elite athletes of the sport alongside such luminaries as Richard Branson and the Bay Area kiteboarding legend Don Montague, will premiere at the Palace of Fine Arts in an event hosted by presenting partner WeTransfer.
The past three years have taken the Eyeforce team all over the world on their quest to document this visually stunning sport and the incredible locations in which it takes place. While many breathtaking destinations appear in Chapter One, from the stormy coast of Northern Ireland, to barreling waves in Hawaii, Fiji and Indonesia, the lunar landscapes and expansive lagoons of Brazil and the perilous currents of South Africa, perhaps none of them have had quite the same impact on the movie as San Francisco.
Several members of the San Francisco kiteboarding community were instrumental in bringing Chapter One to life. Venture capitalist Bill Tai who, alongside Susi Mai and the members of their hugely influential MaiTai organization, reached out to kite-lover Sir Richard Branson, so that Eyeforce could capture his daily routine of kiteboarding around his private island in the Caribbean.
“Years from now, people will remember Chapter One as the film that definitively captured the people, energy and innovation that defined the sport of kiteboarding at its formation,” said Tai. “I feel incredibly lucky to have been part of the wave and the community that has formed as a result.”
Another Bay Area kiteboarder in the movie is kite designer Don Montague, a legendary figure in the sport and founding father of Makani Power. Makani is a groundbreaking company that develops high altitude wind turbines to help end our dependency on fossil fuels. In Chapter One we see Montague pilot his revolutionary kiteboat next to the Golden Gate Bridge. The futuristic kite-powered vessel looks as though it’s hovering above the water due to its hydrofoil fins. Montague aims to break the world speed record for sailing between LA and Hawaii in the near future.
Beyond the Bay Area connections, Chapter One introduces us to iconic athletes around the world, including Ruben Lenten, a legendary kiteboarder and storm chaser. Lenten was diagnosed with an aggressive tumor at Stanford Hospital halfway through filming for Chapter One. The account of how this phenomenal athlete overcame such an aggressive illness is the heart of the movie.
“There are countless standout moments in this movie and many incredible individuals who’ve been involved in this project from the start but, what is clear, kiteboarding is a truly unique sport that unites people from so many countries and backgrounds,” said director Bob van de Gronde. “We’re delighted to be able to share the culmination of the Chapter One project in a city as unique as the sport itself.”
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Chapter One is a co-production with Red Bull Media House and is presented by the simple file-transfer service WeTransfer. It is sponsored by the Californian surf, snow and lifestyle brand O’Neill and the action watersports brand Mystic.
The movie is released to the public October 10th, it will premiere on Red Bull TV for 24h and will be downloadable via iTunes.