A preview of SHE IS THE OCEAN – in Hawaii – with Hawaiian female surfers!
An in-depth exploration into the lives of eight astonishing women from all four corners of the globe. These inspiring women share one love – the deep love for the Ocean. Great turnout at the preview at Surferbar, Turtlebay Resort
On Thursday, December 15th around 300 people ventured out to the Surferbar at Turtlebay Resort to watch the preview of the documentary about great women “She is the ocean” by director and producer Inna Blokhina. After the emotional 30 minutes taste of the film, the movie will come out in early summer 2017, Rocky Canon, Talk Story host invited the director Inna Blokhina, and the 3 surfers featured in the movie to talk story with him. A long lived tradition in Hawaii. The director and the 3 surfer legends at the preview in hawaii last Thursday.
Talk the story glued everybody to the stage
Keala Kennelly, pro surfer and winner of the barrel of the year 2016 told him about her way into the men’s world of surfing. Andrea Molle, big wave surfer and winner of WSL „Women best performance 2016“ explained how she performs long distance stand up paddling, surfs big waves competitions, works full time in the same time of being a dedicated mother and Jeannie Chesser made people laugh when she told stories of the old days when she was one of the only “females” in the line-up. During the whole 1 ½ hours the audience was clued to the stage to watch and hear all those powerful and untold stories of women and their dedication to the ocean.
The movie is still in the making, and will be out early summer 2017.
ROCKY CANON, Northshore surf MC & talk story host
“This movie and talk the story night attracted so many people that we reached full capacity at the Surferbar. A fantastic outcome for a talk the story night! As a dad of 2 girls I was truly impressed and touched by how many people wanting to know more about the stories of great women.”
INNA BLOKHINA, producer and director
"I was so happy to present for the first time 3 stories from my film "She is the ocean" - a documentary about great women. It was a special moment for me. And I want to thank everybody to share this moment with me. I would like to thank Keala, Andrea and Jeannie for the great support and hard work for their stories. Stories of these amazing women have inspired me and I hope this movie can inspire every girl, every woman to follow her own dream and never give up!”
ANDREA MOLLER, big waves surfer
"The movie was awesome. I had seen the trailer before but watching the preview last night truly took me off guard on how well edited it is. Keala Kennelly and Jeannie Chesser have amazing stories shared in a very honest and inspiring manner. I can't wait to see the whole movie! I feel honoured to be a part of this and hope my story inspires others just like these wahine inspire me. Congratulations to the director Inna Blohina, director of photography Erik Ippel and their crew for such a beautiful project."
«For those three seconds when I'm free-falling, I'm in my own world.» When a single false move can cost your life. When time is slowing down and you are feeling a moment of truth. That is 100% of concentration. That is her world. The world of Anna Bader. Anna became one of the most courageous female high divers and 6-time European Champion in cliff diving. Gymnastics was her first passion, and that's what eventually led her to a springboard at age 13. Wanting to combine her love of gymnastics and water, she thought doing acrobats into a pool was the ideal sport for her. Soon enough, she started participating in competitive diving and continued on this path—making the German national team along the way—for the next seven years. In 2006 Anna participated for the first time at Red Bull Cliff Diving series in Switzerland and already in 2008 completed her highest dive from 24.5 metres in Polignano. Today Anna is a worldwide star and the face of cliff diving. But still she always prefers to listen to her own heart and to be in her own world.
«If I do things, I do because I feel it. I would never jump off the cliff, because somebody says «Go! Go! Jump!». No! I jump because I feel it, because I want. And sometimes actually I don’t feel it, and I go back. I think this is important always listen to your inner voice, and to not get lost in what people expect from you.»
From childhood Keala gained respect from the boys, fighting her fears and conquering the big waves. The professional surfing chooses her; in fact she was born and grew up in Hawaii. Passed a difficult moment she managed to break all the stereotypes of the surf industry, where a woman receives a sponsor of «femininity.» She always has been a girl «in the men's shorts» and never regretted it; spending half of her life in the top five best professional women surfer of the world (ASP World Tour). In 2007 she stops the tour but continued to triumph in her journey. Winning big wave competitions and starting the first contest «Nelscott Big Wave Classic womeof. Eventually Keala became one of the bravest women of the world in surfing. In 2013 she won the Billabong XXL Awards at Chopo`s in a 20-foot wave. A few years earlier Kennelly had a traumatic accident when a wave hit her face to the reef. Took her a while to restored her face after this major facial injury. So fragile, but courageous woman didn`t stop here, she goes for another challenge to be an actress. Roles in the movie «Blue crash» and the TV show «John from Cincinnati» began her first steps into the world of entertainment business.
Today’s Keala is professional also a DJ. Her music inspiration comes from the ocean, the big waves. Keala’s never betrayed her passion. When the time comes to take a decision in between her family and the ocean, she chooses the last one.
Andrea was born in the small island of IIhabela, Brazil. The unconditional love to the ocean starts growing very quickly from her early childhood. Later on following her dream the island of Maui became her home. In 2005, Andrea’s started her SUP career competing in a men's team crossing the Kawaii Channel. After that she became part of the first women's SUP surfing team and won many awards for long distances races. Andrea never stops on her laurels and today she holds the world record of prizes in SUP, surfing and canoeing. For 39 years she has been a real pioneer and world-class professional athlete in water sports.
Also she got titles for surfing one of the biggest waves on the planet — Jaws. Then she became more famous when she was the first female lifeguard on Jet Ski in difficult conditions.
Like the impersonation of the power, Andrea’s is doing everything at the highest level. Combining career a professional paramedic, every day she finds time to devote herself completely to the ocean. Only there is this strong spirit where she feels truly alive. Another passion for Andrea’s is her love for the whales, and they seem to respond in return. In a single voyage between the islands, Andrea accompanies these giant guardians of the oceans.
COCO HO, 23, SUNSET BEACH, HAWAII
It is all in her middle name. Hapaikekoa. Hawaiian for “Carrier of strength”. Since riding her first wave at 7 years old this has been her code. It has had to be. Born Half Hawaiian, but blond and white to Polynesian surfing Royalty. Her father, Michael Ho, a legend in the pantheon of Modern surfing, one of the most accomplished surfers in history, considered a King of the sport. Her uncle, Derek Ho, a world champion, winning his mantle against impossible odds in the heaviest wave in the world, Hawaii’s pride. Her older brother, Mason Ho, a prodigy for the new era of Hawaiian surfing and headed for the stars. Yet remarkably, young Coco Ho refused to be intimidated by one of the most respected legacies in the sport. Instead she decided to become it. By eight years old, a fully sponsored professional, by seventeen winning a place on the international pro tour, by eighteen voted rookie of the year, by twenty years old voted the second most popular female surfer in the world. And today she stands atop the heap of the competition, holding third place in the world rankings with a good chance to take it all and join her family of Hawaiian World Champions. But despite her astonishing success, despite a rocky family background of break-ups and divorce and a single Father house, Coco has somehow retained a great joy in her life, her smile lighting up a room, her surfing exuberant and celebratory. Despite the wounded spirit deep within, her hearts burns with the fire of life. A life of positivity, of hope, of individuality and inspiration for her legion of young followers. Coco Ho, in 23 short years has become more than a professional surfer, she has become the very symbol of what a professional surfer should be, male or female. Envied, loved and encouraged, Coco is a streaming meteor of talent and spirit, whose place in the history books has yet to be written, but who’s impact will undoubtedly never be forgotten.
"She is the ocean: a Russian point of view, take two".
By Matt George
By Matt George
THE MOTHER: Maria Konovalenkova
Maria has never thought that her life would change drastically when she left her native home in the Urals with a single ticket and the only dream – to see the ocean. She made the long way consisting of struggle for survival, sufferings all the hardships in the foreign land, when she finally appeared to be on the faraway Indonesian island, Bali. There, taking in the power of waters she as if became herself, became a person whose place should always be nowhere else except there.
On this small island, Maria found her happiness – a family, a husband and her child. It was a birth of their child that led the woman to a wonderful discovery -which is meaning of life in its germ! Getting necessary education Maria became a midwife helping to deliver a baby in «Bumi Sehat» Vaginal Birth Clinic. Maria is sure that life came from the ocean as well as the life of a person should begin in this environment and the ocean itself helped her to realize it.
Maria Konovalenkova, 31, MOSCOW, RUSSIA
THE SIREN: Rose Molina
A ballet and modern dance prodigy, once a darling of the European dance community, Rose walked away from the egotistical fame and hollow confines of live dance performance to become a «Child of the Sea». Combining her commitment, discipline and understanding of the perfect moment she translated her artistic experience from the stage to the deepest depths of human survival. So beautiful and at ease is she at these deadly depths, that she has been nicknamed «La Sirena», one of the the mythical siren’s of Homer’s odyssey. Through freediving, she has found a spiritual life, a meditation and a deep relationship with the primordial mass of our origin. In her airless world she finds a quiet as profound as outer space…and her re-entry is not down, but up…back up into our atmosphere of air, returning with the same sense of discovery and wonder that any astronaut has ever imagined.
ROSE MOLINA, 39, SANTIAGO, CHILE
She is the ocean
«From Innesse Blohina, the acclaimed director of ON THE WAVE, comes the second chapter in her trilogy of documentaries about the wonders of the Ocean and the people whom it calls to make it their life».
-Surftime Magazine, 2014-
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SCRIPTWRITER: Matt GEORGE
EDITOR: Viktor RASCHUPKIN
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