The years-long rivalry between Robert Kelly Slater and Philip Andrew Irons will go down as one of the fiercest ever in competitive surfing. Never before had two dominant athletes at the height of their power collided in such a cosmic way. Like rap feuds before them, fans were forced to choose a side. You were either Biggie or Tupac. Kelly or Andy.
It makes sense then that in Teton Gravity Research’s Andy biopic, “Kissed by God,” Kelly would feature prominently. Back in 2011, Kelly Slater shared with us an incredibly candid and heartfelt tribute titled “How I Remember Andy.” In it he spoke about how he both loved and hated Andy. “I loved and hated the guy, but I probably only hated him because I admired and envied what he was capable of,” he said.
In “Kissed by God,” Kelly echoes those sentiments and expounds on them. Years of reflection will do that. And in the scene above that ultimately didn’t make the cut (if that gives you any idea how good the film actually is) Kelly discusses how he didn’t appreciate it at the time, but Andy renewed in him a competitive fire he didn’t know he had.
By now, Kissed by God has already debuted in Los Angeles and Honolulu (for a review click here and here). On May 31, though, for one night only and one time only, the film will be screened across 500 theaters in the United States. For more information on that, you’ll want to head here.