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Riding Giants

  • Documentary and factual
  • History
  • 2004
  • Stacy Peralta
  • 97 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Documentary from Stacy Peralta, the director of Dogtown and Z-Boys, that charts the often extremely dangerous history of big-wave surfing, from the Hawaiian style of the 1950s through to the powerful, jet-assisted present day.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This second excellent documentary feature from ex-skateboard star Stacy Peralta (his debut film Dogtown and Z-Boys charted the development of vertical skateboarding) examines the development of big-wave surfing from its origins in Hawaii in the 1950s through to the new style of jet-ski assisted surfing that gives adrenaline junkies access to what were impossibly huge waves only a few years ago. As with Dogtown, Peralta uses extensive archive footage and personal reminiscences to chart the development of the sport. This not only reflects the dedication but also the obsession the surfers have for the sea and their pastime. He's aided by top-notch editing as well as a cracking soundtrack, but it's the obvious passion that Peralta has for his subject matter that gives this superb documentary its abundant energy.

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Credits

Cast

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Dick BrewerDick Brewer
Laird HamiltonLaird Hamilton
Jeff ClarkJeff Clark
Greg NollGreg Noll
Kelly SlaterKelly Slater
Evan SlaterEvan Slater
Buzzy KerboxBuzzy Kerbox
Titus KinimakaTitus Kinimaka

Crew

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DirectorStacy Peralta

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia TriStar
Released on
2004-12-03
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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