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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Jeff Clark
Greg Noll
Laird John Hamilton
Darrick Doerner
Laird John Hamilton.
Directors
Stacy Peralta.
Screenwriters
Stacy Peralta
Sam George
Stacy Peralta
Sam George.
Running Time
101 minutes

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Riding Giants
Stacy Peralta charts the history of big wave riding.


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Plot
Documentary about guys who ride big waves. REALLY big waves. Master rider of anything requiring a board Stacy Peralta shows us the history and development of the sport.


Review
In this expertly wrought companion piece to Dogtown And Z-Boys, Stacy Peralta charts the development of big wave surfing, from the discovery of breaks off Hawaii to the modern phenomenon of jet-ski-assisted surfing. Easily bearing comparison with Bruce Brown's seminal The Endless Summer, this stands as the second-best surf documentary ever made.

Among the many highlights is Jeff Clark's one-man championing of the terrifying break off California's Maverick Beach, the surfer recalling how he spotted the terrifying grey breakers from his school classroom window as a child, and then surfed them alone for nearly 15 years (nobody else had the cojones). This story is emblematic of the passion, obsession and solitary poetry of surfing.

Plus there are actual shots of surf-Nazis. Yup, they really did exist.


Verdict
Hell yeah. Best seen as a double feature with Dogtown And Z-Boys, but both stand alone as outstanding documents of their respective artforms.


Reviewed by Adam Smith

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AMAZING!

This film is one of the most impressive things I have ever seen! These surfers are amazing. As one of the many Newquay holiday makers who have hired a board, had a lesson or two, paddled out and fell off all day (at best) it's impressive to sit back and watch one of the locals surf properly. It's oh so more impressive to watch Laird Hamilton and the rest surf waves that look like they could wipe Newquay from the planet without breaking stride. Watch Billabong Odyssey after this. it's not as good... More

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Posted by giddig at 23:07, 10 August 2006 | Report This Post


Awesome 5 stars guarrunted

AWESOME LAIRD HAMILTON AND THE MAVERICS BOYS ROCK!! ... More

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