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Release Date: July 9th, 2004

DVD Release Date: January 4th, 2005

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 Hamilton, Dave Kalama, Brian L. Keaulana, Titus Kinimaka

Director: Stacy Peralta

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Canal+

Keywords: 1990s, Temptation, Intense, 2000s, Pursuit, 1960s, Fascinating, 1950s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

  • 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.

  • Riding Giants is about altogether another reality. The overarching fact about these surfers is the degree of their obsession. show more

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