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PG-13| 1 hr. 42 min.

Plot Summary
Part sports history, part thrill ride, skateboarder Stacy Peralta's documentary pays homage to the brave, foolish surfers who dare ride the world's biggest waves. Peralta lays out the evolution of big-wave surfing from the '50s to today, touching upon changing trends and the constant search for ever larger waves. Then he shifts his focus to a handful of contemporary surfing superstars, among them Jeff Clark, pioneer of San Francisco's remote waves, and Laird Hamilton, known for tow-in riding.

Cast: Darrick Doerner , Laird John Hamilton , Dave Kalama , Brian L. Keaulana , Titus Kinimaka ,

Director: Stacy Peralta

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Riding Giants (2004)

Release Date: July 9th, 2004|1 hr. 42 min.

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  • 75
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    Offers a thrilling, informative history of a sport-subculture. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Every sport, and every sports film, must have its superman. The role is filled here by Laird Hamilton, who, we are told -- and, more astonishingly, shown -- took "the single most significant ride in surfing history." Seeing is believing. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    For those dazed and dazzled by surf anarchists Noll and Clark, Hamilton comes off as the sport's technocrat, but he boldly goes where no surfer has gone before. show more

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