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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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Nathan Florence Struggles to Paddle Out at Uluwatu
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Nathan Florence Struggles to Paddle Out at Uluwatu

Nathan Florence Struggles to Paddle Out at Uluwatu

Surfing isn’t always the graceful and glamourous activity it is often made out to be. Lulls between sets can be long, crowds can be hard to manage and paddle outs can be downright treacherous. Take this video for example. Nathan Florence is one of the best free surfers out there, and he still struggles for almost twenty minutes to get outside of the whitewash on this big day at Uluwatu. The tide pushes him at least a quarter mile up the beach, and despite his consistent paddling, the waves

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Beefs T.V. Getting Smoked in Psycho Shorebreak
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Beefs T.V. Getting Smoked in Psycho Shorebreak

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Maui is currently getting hit with the biggest swell it has seen in over 20 years and our favorite shorebreak junkies from Beefs T.V. of course were there to get smoked by these monster waves. It was chaos on the beach. People gathered and applauded as Clay Marzo got continuously slammed onto the sand by these behemoths. I was genuinely worried for this guy’s safety after seeing him get crushed by some of these close outs; and equally impressed when I saw him walk away each time. Check out

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Koa Rothman Surfs Code Red Malibu – Kook Central!
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Koa Rothman Surfs Code Red Malibu – Kook Central!

Koa Rothman Surfs Code Red Malibu – Kook Central!

Over the weekend, the code red hurricane swell that has been ripping through the Pacific hit the California coast. After surfing this swell in Tahiti, Koa Rothman and the team raced to Malibu to surf in Koa’s words, “Possibly the best Malibu I’ve ever seen in my life”. Although the waves were insane, Koa was still surfing Bu, and the crowd was as textbook Malibu as ever. By the end of each of his sessions on a two-day stint of all-day surfs, Koa and his buddy Ian were on clean-up crew and