After 25 Years, Hobie's Heroes
Are Back to Inspire a New Generation
Originally produced in 1980, this timeless documentary
has been restored for DVD release with bonus features added.
Loyalty. Faith. Courage.
Hobie's Heroes illuminates these universal themes, as a group of
young divers, ages 12-17, strive to improve their skills under the
guidance of famed Olympic diving coach Hobie Billingsley. With toughness
and humor, Hobie inspires the divers to meet a challenge with every
ounce of their determination. As the young athletes attempt difficult
dives from three stories above the pool, we empathize with their
fears and the pressures they face, and we cheer their triumphs.
Hobie Billingsley was Indiana University's diving coach
from 1959 to 1989, during which time he led several generations
of divers to National and Olympic championships. Filmmaker Steven
Montgomery, a former Junior Olympic diving champion and graduate
of Billingsley's diving clinic, interviews Hobie, who speaks movingly
about the challenges of coaching and the importance of overcoming
feelings of fear and inadequacy, in life as well as diving. As the
divers gain the skill and confidence to perform stunningly beautiful
dives, they express gratitude, as well as admiration for Hobie.
He has enabled them to find courage in the face of a challenge -
a capacity they will use the rest of their lives.