Momentum Generation

Documentary Competition

World Premiere

USA | 103 MINUTES

MOMENTUM GENERATION

Drama, Tribeca Film Festival Alumni
In the late ’80s, surfing was still in the early stages of its ascent to broad popularity and entrenched professionalization. On the north shore of O’ahu, a ragtag group of teenage surfers congregated in a small house with easy access to the infamous surfing spot known as the Pipeline. Some, having already built careers surfing smaller waves in Florida and California, were there to prove themselves against the best surfers in Hawaii, while others were young locals looking for a group of guys to surf with—and all sought a community of people on whom they could depend, in ways they never found in their own volatile home lives. This younger generation, living together like canned sardines, would go on to become the most influential contingent of athletes the sport had seen. They were the Momentum Generation, and they brought surfing to unprecedented heights.

Through a combination of archival footage and interviews with this legendary crew, including surfers Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Kalani Robb, Taylor Steele, and Pat O’Connell, Momentum Generation directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist transport audiences to the moment when this microcosm of a sport catalyzed a seismic shift—the moment when a group of guys, fueled in equal measure by camaraderie and competition, broke records, won world titles, and redefined a sport forever.

—Jason Gutierrez

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist

Jeff and Michael Zimbalist are Emmy®- and Peabody Award-winning writers, directors, producers, and editors, whose films have been broadcast on HBO, Netflix, CBS, ESPN, and Showtime and theatrically distributed worldwide. Their past films include The Two Escobars, Favela Rising, and Pelé: Birth of a Legend.
Director
Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Producers
Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist, Colby Gottert, Greg Little, Justine Chiara, Karen Lauder, Laura Michalchyshyn, Lizzie Friedman, Tina Elmo
Screenwriters
Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Cinematographers
Jeff Zimbalist, Colby Gottert
Editors
Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist, Luis Dechtiar

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