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Children of the Wind


Daphne Schmon

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About the Movie

'Children of the Wind' tells the story of the Bonaire windsurfers, a group of native Caribbean kids, who under the mentorship of the remarkable Elvis Martinus, founder of the Bonaire Aquaspeed windsurfing club, overcame insuperable odds to not only dominate an inherently elitist sport but to revolutionize it. The film focuses on brothers Tonky and Taty Frans and their cousin Kiri who come from a humble fishing family and began windsurfing before the age of ten, using whatever broken or discarded equipment they could scrounge, and who are now, twenty years later, global superstars. Tonky, Taty and Kiri burst onto the international scene in 2001 when, along with thirty or so other Bonaire sailors, they attended windsurfing's North American Championship in Florida. Given the island's economic status, just getting to Florida was an achievement in itself. Once there, they caused a sensation, taking home twenty trophies between them. Given that Bonaire has a population of under 15,000 and had, at the time, no way to fund formal training facilities, provide equipment or pay for travel to events, this accomplishment was simply astonishing. The Frans brothers and Kiri are now among the top five freestyle windsurfers in the world and have become local heroes on their island. More remarkable: Bonaire continues to produce young champions at every age category of the ProKids World Championship, which started on the island. Set against the backdrop of the 2011 Freestyle Windsurfing World Cup on Bonaire, 'Children of the Wind' is an exciting tale of kids who refused to be defined by the limits of their circumstance, and consequently transformed a sport.

Customer Reviews


Windsurf where the imagination has no limit speed, jumps, miracle maneuver, drama, comedy what else you want!!! : )

Shouldn't Be Missed

Phenomenal!! Children of the Wind is in no way just a sports documentary. The sport of windsurfing is just the vessel for this film that covers socioeconomic issues, social issues, and the personal issues of athletes at the top of their sport. Children of the Wind also offers an incredible insight into how much a singular direction of a sport can inspire and change the lives of children with little else to look forward to. Knowing nothing about the sport of windsurfing, I was amazed at how much that did not matter. The content of this film is enlightening and wonderfully inspiring to the point of tears. The story telling is nothing short of genius to accomplish so much in 95 minutes. Daphne Schmon’s Children of the Wind is a masterful documentary tackling important issues shown through a rich and cinematic lens and driven with a beautiful and powerful original score. This film should not be missed under any circumstances.

The BEST !!

This is one of the BEST inspiring movie I ever saw! Thumbs up! It's incredible what a little island called Bonaire can provide for the sport of windsurfing! Perfect!

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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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