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Kelly Slater Captures Unreal Virtual Reality

Kelly Slater became a surfing champion when he won his first World Title in 1994. Since then, Slater has captured a record-breaking 11 Titles, showing a consistency that is unprecedented in any sport. Up until today, we have only been able to enjoy his surfing prowess from traditional camera angles.

TGR was able to travel with Slater and prolific surf director Taylor Steele to capture him in a way never done before: 360 virtual reality. This behind the scenes video shows what it took to get this one-of-a-kind experience.

This was filmed in conjunction with TGR's new film, Proximity. You can experience surfing with Kelly Slater with our virtual reality experience at Thursday night's premiere of Proximity in New York City at the Gramercy Theatre. 

Check out all the other tour stops here

About Proximity:

Proximity is a film that pairs surfing’s living legends with today’s most progressive young surfers. The film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Taylor Steele, produced by Teton Gravity Research (TGR) in association with Garage Productions. Proximity will explore the delicate relationship between people, time, and place, showcasing surfing icons from different generations in diverse locations around the world.

Presented by GoPro // #GoPro

From The Series: Proximity POV

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Anderson Cooper to Explore Nazaré This Week on 60 Minutes
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Anderson Cooper to Explore Nazaré This Week on 60 Minutes

Anderson Cooper to Explore Nazaré This Week on 60 Minutes

In 2011, big wave legend Garret McNamara was towed into a 78-foot monster swell off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal. At the time it was the largest wave ever ridden, and needless to say, it shocked people around the world. Most recoiled in fear, others watched with queasiness, and a select few waxed up their boards and hopped on a flight to Lisbon. Since McNamara’s historic ride, Nazaré has turned into the world’s premier big wave destination, and every winter some of the best surfers flock

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Watch the Full Video of Anderson Cooper Exploring Nazaré
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Watch the Full Video of Anderson Cooper Exploring Nazaré

Watch the Full Video of Anderson Cooper Exploring Nazaré

For centuries the ancient town of Nazaré was thought of only as a small fishing village along the Portuguese coast, if thought of at all. That all changed in 2011 when big wave legend and surf pioneer Garrett McNamara recorded himself with a GoPro riding down the face of a 78-foot behemoth within spitting distance of the town’s historic lighthouse. Since then, the once quiet town has been flooded by surfers and the town’s economy has been revitalized. Related: Rent or Download Andy Irons:

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Nazaré Welcomes Russell Bierke
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Nazaré Welcomes Russell Bierke

Nazaré Welcomes Russell Bierke

The locals consider it a sign of good luck to take a massive wipeout when surfing Nazaré for the first time. If the legend is true, then renowned slab hunter Russell Bierke might be the luckiest guy in Portugal. After letting go of his towline and dropping into an estimated 60-footer, the young Aussie got overtaken by the pursuing wave and disappeared for 14 agonizing seconds. We can only imagine the beating he took, but if anyone has experience in that type of situation, it’s Russell.