POINT BREAK: Climbing Angel Falls – Behind the Scenes

By Rock and Ice | November 4th, 2015

Who needs CGI when you have Chris Sharma and Dani Andrada as stuntmen? Watch these guys climb alongside 3,200-foot Angel Falls in Venezuela—the tallest waterfall in the world—in this exclusive rock climbing behind-the-scenes from the new Point Break. All climbing stunts in the film were done in real life—no CGI, no green-screen.

Sharma, who doubles as a climber for Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), calls the filming experience on Auyan Tepuy, site of Angel Falls, “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” in a previous interview with Rock and Ice“Auyan Tepuy is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been.”

Andrada, of Spain, doubles as the other climber for Bodhi (played by Edgar Ramirez)—nemesis to lawman Utah. 

Peter Croft, a well-known Canadian climber and soloist, was there as a backup climber and a stunt rigger for the shoot. His expertise helped to lend credibility to the free-soloing scenes. For these shots, the climbers were tied into thin Spectra line that could be digitized out.

The filming wasn’t all business though. Sharma, Andrada, Croft and the other climbers involved in the rigging found time for a little climbing on the side. They discovered an untouched boulderfield near camp and climbed during evenings or with headlamps at night. 

“Overall we climbed a lot on the set, in between shots and in the evenings and of course for the film,” says Sharma. He put up the route, on the arête next to the falls, that’s featured in the film. “The arête we did was super amazing,” he says, “and [we did] some amazing hard face climbing 15 feet away from the raging falls, with 3,000 feet of air.” All bolts used in the filming were removed afterwards.


The new Point Break comes out on December 25. Visit pointbreakmovie.com for more information.


Read more here TNB: Point Break – Sharma, Andrada on the Big Screen


POINT BREAK –  In 3D and 2D in select theaters on December 25
Director : Ericson Core
Cast: Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Delroy Lindo, Ray Winstone
Action Thriller. In the fast-paced, high-adrenaline “Point Break,” a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Édgar Ramírez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways. Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the architects of this string of inconceivable crimes. The film is replete with the most daring athleticism ever seen in a motion picture. These action adventure feats are performed by elite athletes representing the world’s best in class in big-wave surfing, wingsuit flying, sheer-face snowboarding, free rock climbing, and high-speed motorcycling.

Rated PG-13 for violence, thematic material involving perilous activity, some sexuality, language and drug material.

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