If you grew up in the '90s, did you know that one thing is true: Kelly Slater was the man. He is the proud owner of 11 World Surf League Champion titles, which he won five times in a row from 1994 to 1998. Although he is undoubtedly the most successful and well-known surfer in the world, he is not alone. A new documentary shows how he and his friends have changed the sport forever.
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Momentum Generation A documentary aired on HBO on December 1
"To be honest, I did not want that," said Slater Men's Health on a terrace in Santa Monica, California while absorbing the last rays of sunshine of the day. "I was probably the most vocal against it. I just felt like maybe there was not enough time, and I did not know if there was enough meat for the story. "
There are certainly enough. Over the course of two years, the filmmakers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist have compiled a literal lifetime of footage that has been collected from more than 138 different people around the world to explain the story of how these young men became one Power in sports and pop culture have been and the life of another in the last three decades.
"They are the company you lead in life, and I have a really great group of friends," Slater said, scrolling through the text thread that the boys still lead every day. "Nobody is perfect, but I think as a whole our group as a whole is quite special."
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But do not let it twist: The movie is not a Kumbaya moment after Another one. Without giving away too many spoilers, Momentum Generation reports the life of a group of boys, mostly from rough beginnings. For Slater, this meant that he was deeply immersed in his relationship with his father, an alcoholic who often cheated on his wife before they divorced. Other film-treated broken families, abuse, drugs, and the death of one of their closest friends. If you look at the movie, you can not help but believe that it's a miracle that these kids became superstars, not to mention that they came to life.