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Riding Giants (2004)

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Documentary detailing the origins and history of surf culture.

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Stacy Peralta
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jeff Clark Jeff Clark ... Himself
Pat Curren Pat Curren ... Himself (as Pat Curran)
Darrick Doerner Darrick Doerner ... Himself
Sarah Gerhardt Sarah Gerhardt ... Herself
Laird Hamilton ... Himself (as Laird John Hamilton)
Dru Harrison Dru Harrison ... Himself
David H. Kalama Jr. ... Himself
Dave Kalama ... Himself
Brian L. Keaulana Brian L. Keaulana ... Himself
Buzzy Kerbox Buzzy Kerbox ... Himself
Titus Kinimaka ... Himself
Gerry Lopez ... Himself
Peter Mel ... Himself
Mickey Munoz Mickey Munoz ... Himself
Greg Noll ... Himself
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A semiserious, often rollicking, multigenerational insider's look at the origins of surfing, the colorful and subversive birth of surf culture, and the mythology and lure of the big wave. This passionate and fluid film is without question the first authentic history of surfing from its humble Hawaiian beginnings to the big business it became to the still-rebellious universe it inhabits today. Riding Giants is a study in individuality and freedom, the pursuit and techniques of pure kinetic pleasure, and the risk taking and attitudes that characterize its leading figures. For some viewers, this is perhaps more than they ever wanted to know. But Peralta's detailed knowledge of the surfing lifestyle, its icons and locations, its boom and exploitation by the media, and the fascination it has held for young men for more than five decades is unparalleled and fuels this expedition for the expert and initiate alike. Closely chronicling the sometimes-life-and-death drama that big-wave riding ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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It doesn't get any bigger than this.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A hullámok lovagjai See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$134,400, 11 July 2004

Gross USA:

$2,276,368

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,216,111
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

Spoofed in Surf's Up (2007) See more »

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Innacitytears
Performed by Illdependents
Written by Paul Hayes
Courtesy of Secret Records
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Nicely traces the modern history of surfing in the USA.
5 November 2005 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

The presentation is on DVD, widescreen, with excellent picture and sound.

"Riding Giants" traces the history of surfing, at least in and around the USA, beginning about 1000 years ago, when history tells us early Hawaiians began using some type of board to ride the surf. But the movie begins in earnest in the 1950s, when 20-something surfers like Greg Noll became what was commonly called "beach bums" and surfed every day, all day, if they could.

An interesting fact presented is the influence of the "Gidget" movies with Sandra Dee, and similar movies which followed. While they presented an unrealistic, fantasy viewpoint of the surfing scene, they became the catalyst for the surfing explosion. Withing a few years from the late 1950s to the early 1960, the number of surfers went from a few thousand to a few million.

One of the producers of "Riding Giants" is Laird Hamilton, professional surfer, generally considered the best of the big wave surfers. The movie ends with him, profiling how he got into surfing as a young boy, and how he and his buddies invented the modern method of big wave surfing, being towed into a wave by jet ski, which also became the rescue boat. With this method they are now able to surf big, fast moving waves that are impossible to access the conventional way. Plus, this has allowed them to use much smaller boards, similar to snow boards, for more speed and agility.

Overall a very well-made and fascinating look at surfing. My favorite was Greg Noll who today is a heavy, round-faced older man in his 60s, but many film clips from the 50s and 60s showed him in action, considered the best of his generation. His present day interviews are both enlightening and very funny.


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