I was only a kid when Kelly Slater started making waves on the surfing circuit. His talent was getting him world-wide recognition, while being an attractive man with killer eyes was getting him a lot of teen publications. Over ten years later, he's become the most successful professional surfer in the history of the sport -- earning a record-setting 36 career wins. But now there's a new kid bringing the buzz, and The Hollywood Reporter has posted that his story is making its way to the big screen.

Participant Productions is teaming up with Slate Street Pictures to film the story of professional surfer Bobby Martinez -- the first Mexican-American to make the world surfing tour. Martinez's story is being adapted by scribe Robert Munic, who wrote the indie film The Pros & Cons of Breathing in the '90s (starring Joey Lauren Adams), and has popped up as an actor in films like Bordello of Blood, and television shows like Buffy. Set as a coming-of-age story, the movie will chronicle Bobby's rise "from the gang-ridden streets of Southern California to the professional world of surfing, where his accomplishments led to his hero status." Martinez is often compared to Slater, and has been pretty successful in his own right -- in 2006 he won Rookie of the Year status by ranking fifth in 2006's World Championship Tour. Gangs. Sun. Surfers. If done even moderately well, this should be able to pull in some decent coin.
categories Movies, Cinematical