‘Hot Water’ Is A Wrap!

‘Hot Water’ Is A Wrap!
Grace Usher / 27 Oct 2018 / 4 Comments » Comments

By Grace Usher

The filming of “Hot Water” wrapped production earlier this month on October 17th. Lake Havasu City local, former-stunt person, and director of the film, Larry Rippenkroeger, officially called the movie a wrap after filming for three weeks.

“This dream I’ve had for 20 years. This has been such a rocky road to get here. Somehow, someway, we were able to put it together, the planets aligned. It’s been amazing (to film in Havasu). The support from the city, from the people has been phenomenal. We couldn’t have been anywhere else and pulled this off,” Rippenkroeger said.

Larry Rippenkroeger directs Max Adler and Trevor Donovan during the filming of “Hot Water.” Jillian Danielson/RiverScenes

“Hot Water” was almost entirely filmed in Lake Havasu City, with remote racing footage shot in California and Florida.

Several locations were used in the film including (formally known as) Springberg-McAndrew Park, Refuge Golf and Country Club , Body Beach, That Beach, Octane Wine Garage, El Paraiso Mexican Restaurant, IJSBA World Finals at Crazy Horse Campground and Rotary Beach.

Max Adler, Trevor Donovan, Michael Papajohn and Vanessa Angel film a scene in “Hot Water.” Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

The plot of the film follows an amateur personal watercraft racer hoping to make it big in the sport. With the mentoring of a former world champion and other kooky friends along the way, Billy, played by Glenn McCuen, finds his place in the PWC racing realm.

The action-comedy is full of precarious situations, laughs and relatable hopes of a young sport enthusiast.

Other cast members of the film are Trevor Donovan (“90210”), Max Adler (“Glee”), Nikki Leigh, Vanessa Angel, Yves Bright, Brian Combs, Michael Papajohn and Stormi Bree.

Brian Combs plays “Richard” in the movie “Hot Water.” Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

“I’m playing the bad guy, the current world champion when the new guy comes in to steal my crown. The best part for me has been working with all of the pro racers. Growing up, I looked up to all these men and women. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be them. When I got older, that dream went away and my new dream became acting. So, doing this, for me is fulfilling  two dreams,” said cast member, Brian Combs.

Actor Max Adler also said he had a positive experience filming in Lake Havasu City.

“Filming in Havasu was one of my very favorite experiences I’ve ever had in my career,” Adler said.

“Waking up every morning to beautiful sunrises, driving on traffic free paved roads, filming around the stunning lake and catching the most gorgeous sunsets every night was something I’ll never forget,” he said.

He said he appreciated the support of the city and its residents and would definitely be back.

Most cast members are from the Los Angeles area, but nearly all the extras and some small speaking roles were Lake Havasu residents.

“Being an extra was a really cool experience. I loved getting to be a part of the behind the scenes actions and getting to see what all goes into making a movie,” said film extra Megan Gagnon.


Local Havasu resident, Shawn Anderson, took care of the food as Craft Services for cast and crew. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Some crew members are from Lake Havasu as well, including the hair and makeup, wardrobe, art design, background extras, craft services, production assistants  and assist film crews.

In order to make the visiting cast and crew members feel more welcome, local businesses created complimentary gift baskets that represented Lake Havasu. The cast and crew used these baskets to patron many local restaurants, retail stores, gyms and more.

Stars Glenn McCuen and Nikki Leigh act out a scene on a flyboard during filming of “Hot Water.” Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

When not filming, the group enjoyed hiking, the beach and exploring the area.

“When I have been able to have a day off, I worked out at Havasu Fitness and there is a couple spots I liked. We went to Shogun and Mudsharks which were good spots. And getting all night coffee from the Human Bean. The thing I have enjoyed the most is being on the water, wakeboarding, learning how to ride a PWC which is something I’ve never done before. I loved being outside in nature and next to the water, ” said “Hot Water” star Glenn McCuen.

“Filming in Havasu was one of my very favorite experiences that I have ever had in my career. Waking up every morning to the beautiful sunrises, driving on traffic-free paved roads, filming in or around the stunning lake, and catching the most gorgeous sunsets every night was something I’ll never forget. The whole town, all the businesses and people opened their doors and arms to us made us feel so welcome and at home. The time flew by and I cherished the local Lake Havasu support. Can’t wait to get back ASAP.” said “Hot Water” star, Max Adler.

Just as any major project, filming “Hot Water” was no easy feat.

Cast and crew work together to take down ez-ups when a dust storm hits during filming. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

The cast and crew had to deal with unforeseen weather changes like rain, wind and dust storms. They even experienced a haboob, an intense dust storm that affects places like Phoenix but is rarely seen in Lake Havasu.

Nonetheless, rain or shine, the cast and crew persevered through their month-long filming session here in Lake Havasu City.

“Hot Water” will debut in the summer of 2019.

Film crew work on the set of “Hot Water.” Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Film crews work on the set of “Hot Water” in Lake Havasu City, AZ during the IJSBA World Finals. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

DM Phil Parmet , Sam Haveland, Director Larry Rippenkroeger, and camera crew Clint Regehr work on the set of “Hot Water.” Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Trevor Donavan, Glenn McCuen, Nikki Leigh, Michael Papajohn and Vanessa Angel pose for a photo during filming. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

“Hot Water” star Yves Bright and Sam Haveland talk on set during filming in Lake Havasu City, AZ. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Local background extras prepare for a scene during the filming of “Hot Water” at the Refuge Golf and Country Club. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

“Hot Water” star Trevor Donovan, director Larry Rippenkroeger, Max Adler, Glenn McCuen, Yves Bright, Nikki Leigh, and Stormi Bree pose for a photo during filming in Lake Havasu City, AZ. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Director Larry Rippenkroeger and his wife, producer Paula Rippenkroeger, thank cast and crew on the last night of filming for their hard work. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene


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4 Responses to “‘Hot Water’ Is A Wrap!”

  1. Helen says:

    We were in Havasu at Body Beach and at the world finals whilst this was being filmed.
    Can’t wait to see the finished film.

  2. James says:

    Can’t wait to see this movie.. love stand ups . the smell of race fuel.and the intense feeling of the big show..its unreal..realy..

  3. James says:

    Been waiting for a movie like this for 20 years ..no joke so so kool.. can’t wait to see it.even if my son was not in it.. I’ still can’t wait to see it..

  4. collene says:

    Trevor Donovan LOVE HIM

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