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Adrenaline rush of eye-popping images – Review

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The development of the GoPro camera has revolutionized extreme-sports photography, but even so, the 3-D images of extreme surfing in “Storm Surfers 3D” feel groundbreaking. Or is that wave-breaking? — Justin McMillan and Chris Nelius’ Australian documentary follows two surfing veterans during a big-wave season, mostly near Australia. The monster waves they crave are not near shore, but out in the open sea and the result of violent weather systems.

Two pro surfers who became stars in the 1980s, Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones employ meteorologist and surf forecaster Ben Matson to pinpoint where the big waves are likely to be, helicopter or boat out to the patch of sea (say, 100 miles or so from shore) and use water scooters to position themselves when the big waves break.

Cameras are attached to surfboards, water scooters, surfers, boats and helicopters to give the viewer an adrenaline rush of eye-popping images. That Carroll and Clarke-Jones are likable mates helps, too.

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