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Maui Film Festival Sneak Peek: ‘The Wave I Ride’

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“The Wave I Ride: The Life of Paige Alms.” Photo courtesy Vimeo.

By Maui Now Staff

In honor of Girls’ Day, Maui Film Festival revealed it has selected a feature-length documentary, “THE WAVE I RIDE: The Life of Paige Alms.” for its Celestial Cinema 10-film series. The film will be shown during the 16th Annual Maui Film Festival beginning Wednesday, June 3, and continuing through Sunday, June 7.

Paige Alms, a Maui local who is considered to be one of the top big wave surfers in the world, is one of the few who has successfully paddled into the monstrous surf at Jaws. In 2014, she was nominated for the Billabong XXL Women’s Performance Award.


Festival Director Barry Rivers commented: “Since our inaugural year in 2000, the festival has never revealed even one film this far in advance. But because ‘THE WAVE I RIDE’ is such a passionate, beautiful and powerful story, about an incredibly committed, centered and strong young woman—who even better yet is Maui born and raised—we fell in love with it and thought Girls’ Day would be the perfect day to make this announcement.”

Alms will be at the screening of her documentary along with film director Devyn Bissen, as well as members of the production team.

“When I first read about her in Surfer Magazine’s article “Boy’s Club,” I knew I found a voice that could inspire young women to seek the courage to follow the passion in their hearts. My deepest desire is that sharing Paige’s story will inspire you to ride yours,” shared Bissen in response to a question on why he had taken on the film project.


The day and time of the showing for “THE WAVE I RIDE” will be announced after May 1.

To view the trailer, go online.

Find out more about the 2015 Maui Film Festival at Wailea online.

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