About the Movie That First Glide

That First Glide Movie: Film Synopsis

The sport of Stand Up Paddle seems to have popped up out of nowhere. The truth is, the sport has deep roots in both early Polynesian and Hawaiian History as it is truly a combination of outrigger paddling and surfing.


The first regular Stand Up Paddle enthusiasts were playing around in Waikiki as early as 1939, when Duke Kahnomoku used to stand up on an australian surf ski. Later, in the 60's and 70's guys like John Ah Choy and John Zapotocki used to do the sport regularly up into the late 90's until they finally were getting to old to keep surfing.

Around that Same time, Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama played around with paddles on Maui and although at first no one seemed to take notice, it wasn't long before the sport was attracting all sorts of users from all over the world.

Now, Stand Up Paddling is done almost everwhere there is water, and the sport has gone in multiple directions. Some people like the excercise and weight loss aspects in flat water, others like to race, and the most extreme are taking the boards out into the waves. Filmed in Hawaii, Fiji, and Tahiti, That First Glide is a must see movie for everyone and features most of the premier athletes that got the sport off the ground.

That First Glide is a movie that is generating inspiration and controversy.

One thing that almost every viewer experiences after watching That First Glide is that they want to go out on the water the very next day. This is happening to people that have never in their life been on a surfboard or paddled in any way. The movie ispireses people with even the smallest amount of athletic ability to go and try this sport, even if they prefiously had a fear of the water. Now, every river, lake and bay in the world can be transformed into a beach!

Who really was the first to do Stand UP is still a mystery but i'm sure as this sport gains more attention and recognition that many stories will surface as to who did what when. The main theme of this movie is to recall the memories of guys like John Zapotocki, Jerry Lopez and the Ah Choys. Although the film only touches on the Historical aspects of the sport, It is already creating controversy as to who was really the first.

Film Review by

"Congratulations to Mike Waltze who first put a windsurfing sail on a small surfboard and revolutionized the sport. He has done something again with a well crafted feature length film to introduce Stand Up Paddling to the rest of the world. It is a must see for anyone with access to water with or without surf to ride."
Warren Miller

Movie: Release Details

  • Theatrical Release Date: USA, July 22nd at the Maui Film Festival
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Sports/Documentary
  • Runtime: 74minutes
  • Audio: Dolby
  • Rating: NR
  • Filming Locations: Hawaii, Tahiti, and Fiji
  • Tagline: The Stand up Paddle Movie
  • Produced By: Mike Waltze
  • Directed By: Mike Waltze
  • Website: http://www.ThatFirstGlide.com

That First Glide Movie: Cast (interviews and dialog)

  • Himself: Laird Hamilton
  • Himself: Gerry Lopez
  • Himself: Dave Kalama
  • Himself: Brian Keaulana
  • Herself: Julia Mancuso
  • Himself: Robby Naish
  • Himself: Kai Lenny
  • Himself: Alyssa Waltze
  • Himself: JOHN "POPS" AHCHOY
  • Himself: TODD BRADLEY
  • Himself: GUY PERRY
  • Himself: SCOTT TRUDON
  • Himself: TOM STONE
  • Himself: REID INNOYE
  • Himself: GEORGE KAM
  • Himself: MARK RAPHORST
  • Himself: PEYO LIZARAZU
  • Himself: SLATER TROUT
  • Himself: DALE HOPE
  • Himself: CONNOR BAXTER


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