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Director Layne Stratton Delivers a Tale of Grit and Redemption with “Billy”

April 29, 2021

Layne Stratton has been photographing and filming extreme sports athletes since he was in his teens…which really wasn't that long ago! Through a combination of talent and timing, he found himself in the position of producing a 6-part documentary series that premiered on Outside TV in February 2021. In the film, called "Billy," Layne follows Champion Big Wave Surfer, Billy Kemper, on his recovery from a life-threatening injury sustained on a surf trip in Morocco. The film features stunning cinematography and an intimate examination of the forces that shaped and continue to drive a world-class athlete when he's faced with the biggest challenge of his life.

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