Ocean Driven

A true story that tracks the development of South African big wave surfer Chris Bertish. His single-minded pursuit of his dreams and refusal to let seemingly insurmountable obstacles stand in his way, culminates with his win at the Mavericks Invitational in 2010, in the biggest waves at a Mavericks competition. Moments after nearly drowning, he takes the world by storm. Ocean Driven is a tale of overcoming obstacles and fears, inspiring viewers to realize their dreams and never give up. The film features archived material recorded throughout the life of Chris Bertish and his unsponsored journey to make it to Mavericks. The story is told through the voices of Chris’s family, peers, legendary surfers, mentors, sports specialists and Chris himself.

  • Nadia Tarlow
    Director
    PA Steel Pulse No More Weapons, 5 in 25.
  • Sean Dewil
    Director
    PA-Red Water, Tsotsi, & Jamiroquai
  • Adrian Charles
    Director
    Red Bull big Wave Africa 1999-2010, Mzanzi Ridez – Car Reality TV show, Channel O, Camera operator/script writer/AD: Birdmen Racing- 5part Base-jumping documentary. Director: Goal Diggerz - TV show (selected episodes) Channel O, Rebel sessions - surfing event/documentary, Desert Rebels - surfing documentary, FHM calendar shoot – Glamour shoot, Red Bull Amaphiko 2014 – web documentary, Roberto Ricci Designs – Mauritian conference 2014 – Event clip.
  • Chris Bertish
    Director
  • Andy Davis
    Writer
    Mahala magazine,Jingo,FNB, Levi's and Red Bull,Sunday Times Travel, the Mail & Guardian and ZigZag Magazine
  • Nadia Tarlow
    Writer
    Juxtapoz (Mag), & No More Weapons
  • Sean Dewil
    Writer
    Zig Zag (Surf mag)
  • Adrian Charles
    Writer
    Red Bull Amaphiko (doc)
  • Chris Bertish
    Writer
    Stoked (book)
  • Nadia Tarlow
    Producer
    PA Steel Pulse No More Weapons
  • Richard Moerdyk
    Producer
    Content for TV, the World Wide Web, Tablets, Mobile phones, Behind The Scenes, Music, Cultural, Social and Sporting events
  • Chris Bertish
    Key Cast
    Chasing The Swell, Redbull and GoPro shorts
  • Jeff Clark
    Key Cast
    Riding Giants, Adventures in Wid California
  • Gary Linden
    Key Cast
    Big Wave Surfers at Pororoca and more...
  • Kelly Slater
    Key Cast
    Surf Invitational, Cloud 9, Down The Barrel, Bonus 9, and more...
  • Hanli Prinsloo
    Key Cast
    World Freediver Recordholder
  • Carlos Burle
    Key Cast
    Pro Big Wave Surfer
  • Greg Long
    Key Cast
    Pro Big Wave Surfer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Television
  • Genres:
    Inspirational, Surf, Sports, BigWaveSurf, Adventure, Outdoor
  • Runtime:
    55 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 10, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    200,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Chile, Fiji, Mexico, Namibia, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD,SD, HDV,SDV,RED,DVcam,8mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Nadia Tarlow, Sean Dewil, Adrian Charles, Chris Bertish

PRODUCER, DIRECTOR - NADIA TARLOW is a painter, photographer, and videographer with a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, with the school’s Best Female Painter Award. In addition, she studied in Taos, New Mexico, at Parsons School of Design in Paris, France, and at Montserrat College of Art in MA. In the mid-nineties Nadia exhibited, recorded soundscapes, and taught throughout Mexico. In 1998 she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to exhibit, PA, direct, shoot and teach. She has worked on music videos, including Steel Pulse, No More Weapons, and video passages. She wrote and interviewed for Juxtapoz Magazine, shot covers for an entertainment collective, exhibited at venues including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, and has been featured on NPR and in the San Francisco Examiner.

DIRECTOR - ADRIAN CHARLES has a journalism degree in TV and film and has been working on big budget feature films, commercials and episodic TV. His ability to identify and tell relevant stories is his main strength. Credits include: Camera operator: Red Bull big Wave Africa 1999-2010, Mzanzi Ridez – Car Reality TV show, Channel O, Camera operator/script writer/AD: Birdmen Racing- 5part Base-jumping documentary. Director: Goal Diggerz - TV show (selected episodes) Channel O, Rebel sessions - surfing event/documentary, Desert Rebels - surfing documentary, FHM calendar shoot – Glamour shoot, Red Bull Amaphiko 2014 – web documentary, Roberto Ricci Designs – Mauritian conference 2014 – Event clip.

DIRECTOR - SEAN DEWIL has received various awards in photography and writing for South Africa’s ZigZag Surfing Magazine. He has coordinated and 2nd AD for South Africa Production companies including: Moonlighting, Krishna Smiles, Monkey Film Production, Moonlighting, and the Shooting Gallery. He has worked on features Red Water and Tsotsi, and Jamiroquai music videos. He is visually inspired and brings us various pre and post-production experience, including set work as a PA.

CO-PRODUCER, DIRECTOR - CHRIS BERTISH is an ocean pioneer and accomplished big wave athlete who pushes the limit in surfing and SUPing. Chris applies his trials and joys into an inspiring and moving story, and travels all over the world motivating audiences to believe that they too can achieve great things with the right self-belief, attitude and focus. In addition to Chris’s global keynote addresses, he has spoken for TEDx and FEAT. After documenting on film much of his big wave odyssey around the world, he is working on a new book. Chris' motto “Dream it, see it, believe it, achieve it.”

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Director Statement

The minute I saw the impact that Chris's life and mission made on the people who followed him, I knew his story had to be told. Chris's unyielding passion, contagious enthusiasm, and generous spirit are a rare treat. The film is a poetic, thrill ride that brings reverence to our unsung heroes and great oceans, while reminding us of those universal stories in all of us. No stones were left unturned with our main character on board for creation, which adds to the sense of raw truth and presence in the film. The collaboration of our two teams, in the US and South Africa, made for a deep process that strengthened and focused the story, and it felt predestined. Enjoy! - Nadia Tarlow