WIND RIDERS is a feature length documentary that explores the art and sport of hot-air ballooning and the thrilling - and often dangerous - sport of gas balloon racing.
We enter this world through the stories of three exceptional pilots who have dedicated their lives to this sport: American balloonists, Bill Hughes, Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis.
Abruzzo and Rymer Davis comprise a championship gas balloon racing team. As their extraordinary, untold story unfolds, we see them compete in challenging, long-distance races and defend their world title in the Gordon Bennett, the planet's oldest aviation race. We witness them fighting to maintain control of their balloon in treacherous weather; float with them in a tightly cramped basket; and experience their struggle to endure the limits of both mental fatigue and physical exhaustion. Abruzzo and Rymer Davis make no compromise in their quest for the world's title – and for doing so, they tragically pay the ultimate price.