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Review: Rewritten

August 24, 2009
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**Rewritten

($30; hyperlite.com)**

W****ho: The Hyperlite pro team, starring: Shaun Murray, Rusty Malinoski, JD Webb, Brian Grubb, Erik Ruck, Brandon Thomas, Chris O’Shea, Jimmy LaRiche, Mike Schwenne, Jacob Valdez, Chris Kallas and Kyle Alberts.

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What: Hyperlite’s first team film since Counterfeit This, which won best video at WBM‘s 2006 Wake Awards. Never a team to fit into the traditional wakeboarding film mold, Hyperlite divided Rewritten into sections, not by rider, but by location. As a result, the team dynamic is in full effect as the entire crew sessions together in each other’s backyards.

Where: Mostly around Orlando, with a quick West Coast jaunt to Schwenne’s house.

Why You Should Watch: Rewritten offers the first real look at what it’s like to be part of the new Hyperlite team. It looks as fun as ever. In addition to hammer tricks and custom-built rails, Rewritten shows you what it’s like to be on Team Hyperlite through antics, camaraderie and some never-before-seen camera angles. The other extremely notable thing about this film is the intro. We won’t spoil the surprise for you, but it involves eight wake boats, seven team riders and a helicopter. Trust us, it will blow you away, and it might be regarded as the finest section ever produced in wake history. The dueling wakeskate rail section with Thomas and Grubb was impressive, and Grubb’s rail prowess on a wakeskate in general is incredible. Whether it’s a straight incline rail or a full gap, the man’s not afraid. Webb hitting his rainbow rail is also a treat. The rest of the team looks good on the arching slider, but Webb looks like he was born on that thing. Another part you really can’t miss is Murray being towed by a plane. Again, we’re not going to spoil this one for you, but know that no one rides behind a plane quite like Murray.

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The Bonus: The boys were generous with the bonus footage. With enough extra riding to make full sections for most of the team, as well as behind-the-scenes footage for the majority of the film’s highlights, you can be glued to the couch long after the main feature is over. — Craig Kotilinek

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