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North Shore (1987)

Before entering art school, Rick Kane sets out to surf the big wave season on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, after winning a surfing contest in an Arizona wave pool by his home. Once in ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lance Burkhart (as Laird Hamilton)
Robbie Page ...
Alex Rogers
Mark Occhilupo ...
Rocky Kauanoe ...
Lokelani Lau ...
Rick's Mother
Tiffany Pestana ...
Chandler's Daughter
Corky Carroll ...
Corky Carroll
Joe Teipel ...
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Before entering art school, Rick Kane sets out to surf the big wave season on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, after winning a surfing contest in an Arizona wave pool by his home. Once in Hawaii, he immediately finds out that he knows nothing about the local habits, customs, or pecking order which cause him some starting problems. After being robbed by the local surf gang, he has a chance meeting with famous surfboard shaper Chandler, and after figuring out they have an artistic connection, Chandler offers Rick a place to sleep and something to eat. Chandler teaches him how to "read" the big waves and the difference between 'soul surfers' and those who surf for fame and money. He also manages to get the attention of a beautiful young native, which further stirs the pot with the "locals" but in the end gives him the courage and determination to take what he has learned from Chandler and surf the big waves like he had dreamed he could. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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On a small stretch of coastline as powerful as a man's will, Rick Kane came to surf the big waves. He found a woman who would show him how to survive, and a challenge unlike any other. See more »


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Release Date:

14 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los reyes de las olas  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,319,290, 16 August 1987, Wide Release

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Laird Hamilton (Burkhart), Gerry Lopez (Vince Mokaloka), Mark Occoluppo (Occie), and Alex Rogers (Robbie Page) are among the main cast who were real-life pro-surfers. See more »


Immediately prior to the Pipeline Classic, while waiting, Rick Kane is wearing a pink rash shirt. He is then shown sitting down, without the shirt, and then heading for his first heat with the shirt on again. See more »


Turtle: Stay loose, haole.
Rick: What's a haole?
Turtle: A tourist, a mainlander, like you.
Rick: I'm not a tourist.
Turtle: Whatever, Barney.
Rick: What's a Barney?
Turtle: It's like Barno... Barnyard... a haole to the max, a kook in and out of the water. Yeah?
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Referenced in Blue Crush (2002) See more »


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Written by Gary Wright and Steve Ferris
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I've seen it eight times, a true surfer classic, true!
10 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

My kid bro and me have watched it many times, and we love the dialogue and the surfer speak, and the lingo Turtle speaks. We spent two winters in Haliewa and know that it is a true -- if occassionally exagerrated -- mirror of the life there. And I've never ever seen better rides on film. "Occy" and Jerry Lopez are always great, and Laird Hamilton -- what a hunk!

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