First Look: Experience A Monumental Big Wave Season With Ian Walsh In “Distance Between Dreams”

September 21, 2016 • Media Buzz

This December, Red Bull Media House invites viewers into the heart of the action, as Walsh strives to redefine what is considered rideable in one of the most hostile environments on earth

Santa Monica, CA (September 20, 2016)  Catch one of the most historic big wave surfing seasons on record through the eyes of iconic surfer Ian Walsh in Distance Between Dreams, the second feature in Red Bull Media House’s The Unrideables franchise, coming December 2016. Directed by Rob Bruce and produced in association with Freeride Entertainment, Distance Between Dreams captures an unprecedented view into Walsh’s world, as he sets mind and body in motion to redefine the upper limits of what’s considered rideable.

With massive El Niño powered swells building across the Pacific Ocean, Ian, Shaun, D.K., and Luke Walsh band together in the way only brothers can on a quest to progress surfing to unimaginable heights.

“I wanted to invest my time and energy into a project that would give people a very comprehensive look into everything that we put into surfing big waves. In Distance Between Dreams, we are able to share the good, the bad, the hard work, and resulting satisfaction that you feel when you push yourself further than you ever dreamt possible,” said Walsh. “Fortunately for us, the year we decided to film coincided with a record El Niño giving us an opportunity to time mark one of the best big wave seasons ever.”

Big wave surfing’s transition from jet ski assists to paddling in raises the stakes, putting Walsh’s intense physical and mental training, the latest technology, swell modeling, and brother-led safety team to the ultimate test. Surfers John John Florence, Greg Long, Shane Dorian and more link up with Walsh as he rides an emotional rollercoaster through this momentous winter.

“Rather than make a typical surf film that only shows what big wave surfers do, we made a film that shows who these exceptional individuals are,” said Rob Bruce, director of Distance Between Dreams. “Very few people realize what guys like Ian and his brothers go through every day, not only physically, but also emotionally and personally to remain ready and at the top of their sport year-round. It’s a fascinating and crazy lifestyle that creates unique characters and inspiring camaraderie.”

Distance Between Dreams invites viewers right into the heart of the action with first person perspective, state-of-the-art cinematography, and captivating sound. Through unprecedented access, prepare to truly experience Walsh’s quest to survive and thrive in one of the most hostile environments on earth.

“The Unrideables franchise is dedicated to athletes and visionaries, who are truly redefining what is possible in their sport,” said Scott Bradfield, Head of Production and Development for Red Bull Media House North America. “Ian’s winter last year represents sport progressing vision and effort at the highest level.”

The film premieres at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, HI on November 26, and at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu, December 2. Stay tuned to for more glimpses into the film leading up to its December release and global premiere on Red Bull TV. Follow Red Bull Media House films on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram to catch more sneak peeks into “Distance Between Dreams” throughout the year.

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About Red Bull Media House

A global media company, Red Bull Media House produces, publishes, distributes and licenses high-quality sport, entertainment and educational programming from the areas of Sport & Lifestyle, Nature & Science and Tradition & Inspiration. Its product portfolio includes sport and lifestyle programming, documentaries, feature films, music, games and mobile apps, as well as print and online magazines, that fascinate and inspire audiences all over the world – through all media channels and on all types of devices.

About Freeride Entertainment
Freeride Entertainment is an award-winning production company that specializes in high-tech production in the world’s most extreme conditions and challenging environments. Freeride’s creative team blends rich storytelling with cutting-edge camera and filmmaking technologies to produce fresh, captivating feature films, sport-culture documentaries, brand marketing campaigns, live sporting events, and reality television across all media platforms.

Riding big waves in Maui.

Ian Walsh at Jaws. Photo: Zak Noyle

Jet ski rescue at Peahi in Maui.

Shaun and DK Walsh at Peahi, Jaws, Maui. Photo: Zak Noyle

Christenson Surfboards

Ian Walsh working with shaper Chris Christenson. Photo: Clark Fyans

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