Efi and Moti Levi are two brothers who wakeboard. So far, so normal. But these identical twins have an extraordinary story.
Born in Jerusalem, Israel, they are now both professional wakeboarders riding and competing in international events around the world, despite for many years having facilities of a far below average standard to allow them to pursue this lifestyle.
From a young age both brothers began to lose their hearing, and from youth through to adulthood they have adapted their life, and their wakeboarding, to this problem. While able to use hearing aids to retain most of their hearing, when in the water riding this is not possible. Hailing from Israel, this has lead them to learn to lip read in both Hebrew and English, and with the help of their friends, develop other ways of communicating beyond what most of us take for granted in our normal lives.
With both brothers having undergone the same knee surgeries within weeks of each other this summer, and growing pressure to make something of themselves in their lives beyond wakeboarding, I feel the timing is perfect to look at these unique, colourful and outspoken characters at what is undoubtedly a crossroad in their lives, and how they have made it to this point while dealing with disadvantages many of us never have to consider.
This narrative will be driven not only through the brothers themselves, their words, actions and wakeboarding, but friends, family members and those around them in the world of wakeboarding as they travel the globe in search of new experiences and opportunities.
While in the time I have had the pleasure to know the Levi brothers, I have been able to film with them, and probe to some depth through interviews, I have not yet explored this subject to the level I would like, nor had the correct opportunity to use the answers I already have. Their unique story remains untold.