Near-death experience survivor tours SA to promote surf movie

Johannesburg - Surfing movie The Perfect Wave, which opens on 28 February 2014, tells the story of a rebellious young man’s journey as he searches for the meaning of life.

At the heart of the film is Ian McCormack’s near-death experience, which changes his life forever. He’ll be in South Africa to promote the movie ahead of its release.

The film tells the story of 24-year-old New Zealander McCormack and his cousin Greg who, having dreamt of finding the perfect wave, make a spur of the moment decision and embark on a quest that takes them to the best surf spots in the world, including Australia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Mauritius. It also takes McCormack, a Christian evangelist and former atheist, to the very brink of death.

"The film is in many ways a love story that interweaves four threads: a mother’s love for her son, a young man’s love for surfing, a young man falling in love for the first time, and God’s love for humankind," says South African director Bruce Macdonald. "It has Christian appeal, but it’s primarily an adventure."

There have been more than 61 million hits of McCormack’s website,, where he recounts his tale. McCormack, who is based in Australia, will be touring South Africa to promote the film and the message of redemption behind it. He arrives in Cape Town on 11 February and has a number of speaking engagements around the country.

Those who would like to learn more about his journey can catch him at the following venues:

13 February, 17h00 - 21h00, Shofar Christian Church, Tygerberg
15 February, 17h00 - 20h00, Patria family Church, George
16 February, 17h00 - 19h30, Quigney Baptist Church, East London
16 February, 17h30 - 20h30, Crossways Christian Fellowship, East London
21 February, 17h00 - 21h00, Life Church, Amanzimtoti
23 February, 07h00 - 11h00, His People Christian Church, Durban
23 February, 17h00 - 21h00, The Rock Christian Church, Durban
28 February, 17h00 - 21h00, Cornerstone Church, Bedfordview
2 March, 07h00 - 11h00, His People Christian Church, Cape Town
2 March, 17h00 - 21h00, His People Christian Church, Cape Town

McCormack and the team behind The Perfect Wave will also be hosting surf clinics for Christian surfers, as well as a number of special screenings of the film. The details will be available on Facebook.

Shot in beautiful locations

Shot in some of the most beautiful surfing locations in the world, the film stars Scott Eastwood, former Charlie’s Angels star Cheryl Ladd, Patrick Lyster and Rachel Hendrix.

In the film, Ian’s overprotective mother reminds him to call on God if he should ever find himself in trouble. One night, an approaching storm threatens the community where he is living. Ian foolishly joins some friends on a night dive where he encounters a group of deadly box jellyfish with venom so lethal that one sting will kill.

Ian is stung five times before he knows what’s happening and struggles back to shore, where he is abandoned and left without hope. As he is about to die, he remembers his mother’s words. What follows is a near-death experience that brings Ian to faith.

The Perfect Wave has been given a "Family-Approved" seal by The Dove Foundation, a US-based organisation that reviews movies and awards its stamp of approval to those deemed suitable for family viewing.

The film will be distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution. "It’s a film made by a South African director, but it features an international cast and a story with wide appeal. We’re excited to bring this film to cinemas as it’s an emotional and visual feast," says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution.

Watch the trailer here:

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