Growing up riding both waves and powder, Mathieu Crepel has become one of the few athletes to excel in two disciplines that have a lot in common but are still so different. Retired from the contest circuit but still restless for adventure, the former Olympic contender decided to face one of the biggest challenges of his life: Surfing the notorious wave of Jaws, Hawaii. The most powerful wave in the world, the absolute grail of any big wave surfer who respects himself. While many surfers dream of taming it, few have managed to do so. So, when a snowboarder dares to challenge it, no one would have dared to imagine it. No one except the rider from La Mongie.
Mathieu devoted two years of his life to this new and uncertain quest. Long months during which he will alternate mountain and sea sessions with detours to Indonesia and Oregon before finally reaching the final destination: the island of Maui in the Hawaiian archipelago.
But beyond the sporting challenge, “Shaka” is first and foremost a dive into an unprecedented human adventure. Supported by his friends, his first companions, Mathieu will also meet exceptional characters on his way such as Koa & Eddie Rothman, Guillaume Nery, Kepa Acero, Gerry Lopez, Victor Daviet and Nathan Fletcher. Moments of intense sharing that will help him better understand the winding path that leads to “Jaws”.
Filmed and told by Morgan Le Faucheur, former professional snowboarder and childhood friend of Mathieu Crépel, “Shaka” goes far beyond the simple sporting epic. Halfway between the documentary, the intimate narrative and the “feel good movie”, the film – which takes its name from the gesture of the hand typical of surf culture – takes us, for 1 hour and 20 minutes, in the wake of Mathieu Crépel, who is on the way to fulfilling his ultimate dream: to reconcile his passion for surfing and snowboarding by attacking the most exceptional mountain… water!
The film available in streaming. The film is being released today for, on VOD plateforms : iTunes, Amazon and Vimeo on demand, from €9.99. In early 2020, Shaka will also be available on Amazon Prime Worldwide.
For Mathieu Crépel: “After a year of touring the world, 12 countries visited, 25,000 spectators, it was important to us to be able to share our adventure with as many people as possible. We hope that Shaka will meet the same enthusiasm on the platforms as in the cinemas! »
Title : SHAKA
Release date : October, 15th 2019
Duration : 80 minutes
Price: from €9.99 to purchase; from €3.99 to rent
Nationality : France
Lieux de tournage : France / Indonésie / Oregon / Hawaii
Filming location : France / Indonésie / Oregon / Hawaii
Language : French and English – in VO subtitled
Producer / Director : Morgan Le Faucheur
Starring : Mathieu Crépel
Production company : Almo Films
About Mathieu Crépel
Born in Tarbes, 33 years ago, Mathieu Crépel has spent his time growing up between the sea and the mountains. Talent spotted at the tender age of 10 years old by Quiksilver, over the course of just a few years, he would become the most decorated French snowboarder in history. After four World Titles (2005, 2006 and 2007 x2), a silver X-Games medal, and two Olympics participations (2006 and 2010), Mathieu Crepel felt it was time to hang up his competition bibs and take some time off. Looking for new challenges, he decided to launch himself into an adventure that would allow him to unite his two passions: snowboarding and surfing. Since then, he has been around the world, hunting down the most beautiful mountains, and the world best breaks for an unprecedented challenge.
“I want to share, to learn from my experience and to enrich those of other people. Surfing and snowboarding are vital for me, they allow me to be close to nature, and have taught me about how fragile it is. This is what motivates me to go on an adventure, far from my comfort zone, and to continuously challenge myself.”
About Morgan Le Faucheur
After having distinguished himself on a snowboard for many years, Morgan created ALMO Film, a production company and a creative agency dedicated to content creation. Original productions, clips, documentaries, advertising campaigns… the former professional snowboarder turned director collaborates with major brands while keeping his trademark and this particular outdoor spirit.
“We started in the snow or in the water, following and filming friends who were also high-performance athletes on their travels. Quite simply. We were able to travel everywhere and encounter difficult conditions, new cultures, different environments. And that’s what forged us: to travel the world, often under extreme conditions. So yes, we may film sports action and make films – among other things – about snowboarding and surfing, but at the
beginning, it was just that: exploring the world with friends and coming back with stories to tell full of memory cards. That’s what makes us vibrate and it still works today with other stories that have nothing to do with sport or outdoor.”