Want To Be A Lifeguard In Hawaii? This Mini-Doc Shows How Physically Demanding It Is To Be A First Responder On Hawaii’s Coast

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The day-to-day duties of a lifeguard are mostly a thankless one, until someone really needs them. They’re first responders of the beach; the ones who protect beachgoers and surfers from a day in paradise turning into a family’s worst nightmare.

The ocean is unforgiving and full of peril, which is why their work is just that important. No one knows this more than the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association, the guardians who embody the spirit of aloha to keep watchful eyes on the islands’ 750 miles of combined coastline.

That coastline isn’t just soft, pink sand, either. Miles of shoreline is craggy, jagged, and rugged, scarred from millennia of volcanic activity. It requires rugged apparel for Hawaii’s lifeguards to stay at their best.

As the official footwear brand of the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association, OluKai knows what these first-responders need to stay on their feet.

Being a lifeguard in Hawaii requires shoes that are built for the beach, yet can handle the demanding terrain of Hawaii’s coast.

Part sneaker, part water shoe, OluKai’s ʻĀlapa Lī shoe is made from a patented Drop-In Heel®, remaining functional in all sorts of conditions. It gives feet flexibility while keeping them dry thanks to the moisture-wicking cover. Plus, the ʻĀlapa Lī’s ‘Wet Grip Rubber’ outsole stays strong and sticky to the surface for added traction on wet surfaces – IE, a rocky coastline.

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From the fit and overall performance to breathability and traction, the HLA take these shoes through real field research—the actual gauntlet of lifeguarding. Hawaiian lifeguards provide recommendations and suggestions to properly shape footbeds and increase traction—it is this kind of rigorous testing that vastly improves final design of the product. These shoes are not just inspired by Hawaiian lifeguards, they’re thoughtfully constructed specifically to meet their needs from the slick rocky outcropping around Hanauma Bay, to the 25 foot swells of the storied North Shore.

No one grinds harder to ensure public safety by staying at their absolute peak like the members of the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association.

Below, this mini-doc shows just how hard the brave men and women of the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association train to keep at their physical and mental peak.

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HBO’s new Muhammad Ali doc tells the boxer’s story in his own voice thanks to 4 years of archival digging

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  • Director Antoine Fuqua talked to Business Insider about his two-part HBO documentary, "What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali."
  • Fuqua gave insight on the four-year journey to make a doc on the boxing legend that’s entirely told from Ali’s point of view.
  • The doc premieres on Tuesday.  
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HBO is known for many things. These days, "Game of Thrones" and HBO’s other Emmy-winning shows often take the spotlight. And it’s always been a great place to catch up on movies you missed at the theaters. But for the sports fan, HBO is home to some of the best documentaries on Muhammad Ali ever made.

Three docs on Ali have been made by HBO over the last few decades, on topics ranging from the first Ali-versus-Frazier bout, to the "Thrilla in Manila." All three won Peabody Awards.

Director Antoine Fuqua was well aware of this storied history, but pushed away all the reasons why another Ali doc shouldn’t be made because of one reason: None of those docs were told by Ali himself.

"It’s hard to find documentaries where people are telling their own story," Fuqua told Business Insider. "It’s always a lot of talking heads and everyone else telling stories. But to do a documentary and clearly do it in his voice, it seemed it would be a hard job to find that material to have Ali telling us a story, but everybody was on board."

And by "everybody," Fuqua meant LeBron James and his business manager Maverick Carter, who came to the director (and boxing enthusiast) with the idea of doing the documentary, which they would executive produce. Fuqua voiced his interest to have the doc be told in Ali’s point of view, and it led to the four-year process of making "What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali" (premiering on HBO on Tuesday).

Muhammad AliAlong with the doc, told without talking heads, the distinction "What’s My Name" has from the other HBO projects on the greatest fighter who ever lived (Ali died in 2016 following a decades-long battle with Parkinson’s disease) is how painstakingly detailed it is.

While the other docs do Peabody-level work on dissecting famous chapters in Ali’s life, Fuqua takes on Ali’s entire career, including his historic moments out of the ring: from his name change from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to when he was not allowed to fight after protesting the Vietnam War, though he was the heavyweight champion of the world. This is all displayed through archival footage of Ali, much of which shows him not in his "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" public persona that sold tickets.

"The goal was to find those moments when he was genuine and being humble," Fuqua said. "Being a young kid in the beginning of the film when he’s asked about the origin of his name, then Cassius Clay, and he said, ‘I don’t know, I’m going to have to look into that.’ Or when he’s at his cabin and his mom and dad are there and he’s talking about the fresh food and cooking. Those are rare moments that I’m so proud found a home in the film."

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any fight footage. The backbone of "What’s My Name" is Ali’s bouts: all of them. The narrative thread for Fuqua is the fights accompanied by footage or audio of Ali during the build-up to them, talking about the fight itself, or the aftermath. Fuqua said the goal of the movie was to show what it really takes for a boxer to succeed.

Antoine Fuqua Ethan Miller Getty"Ali said one time, ‘This fight felt like death,’ when talking about Thrilla in Manila; but he got off the stool and went out each round," Fuqua said. "The whole idea of this documentary is what makes a guy like that get off that stool and go fight some more and take punishment and give punishment. The taking of the punishment is the part people don’t talk about."

"What’s My Name" marks the third documentary of Fuqua’s career (he’s known best for his Hollywood titles like "Training Day" and "The Equalizer" movies). But this is his first doc that is archive-heavy. He made it a point to be actively involved and see all the footage his archivist compiled and try to steer clear of using the same footage of Ali that had already become iconic. When it was impossible not to feature that type of footage — like for the famous moment of Ali standing over Sonny Liston in their second fight in 1965 — Fuqua tried to use a lesser-known shot to bring a freshness to it.

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"I’ve found with documentaries it is very easy to get everyone else to do a lot of the work," Fuqua said. "But you can’t do that as a storyteller because then you would just have a lot of footage and what does it mean? I had a very clear vision for this: a life well-lived."

Fuqua admitted spending four years searching for unique footage of Ali — a man who was never scared to be in front of a camera — was hard work. But it all paid off when he showed the final cut to Lonnie Ali, Muhammad’s wife. The director said he was extremely nervous, as Lonnie hadn’t seen any footage leading up to the screening. Fuqua said he was even willing to change things in the doc if she didn’t approve of what she saw.

"But it all went great, we all had tears in our eyes," Fuqua said. "This has been a fun one to do. Even though it was so much work, I didn’t mind the work."

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