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 ... Self
Pat Curren Pat Curren ... Self (as Pat Curran)
Darrick Doerner Darrick Doerner ... Self
Sarah Gerhardt Sarah Gerhardt ... Self
Laird Hamilton ... Self (as Laird John Hamilton)
Dru Harrison Dru Harrison ... Self
David H. Kalama Jr. ... Self
Dave Kalama ... Self
Brian L. Keaulana Brian L. Keaulana ... Self
Buzzy Kerbox Buzzy Kerbox ... Self
Titus Kinimaka ... Self
Gerry Lopez ... Self
Peter Mel ... Self
Mickey Munoz Mickey Munoz ... Self
Greg Noll ... Self
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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.


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

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Misirlou
Performed by Dick Dale
Written by Milton Leeds, Jose Pina, Nicholas Roubanis, Bob Russell and Fred Wise
Courtesy of (and special thanks to) Dick Dale
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Awesome!
24 November 2005 | by kristin806See all my reviews

This was the best documentary I've ever seen!! I just saw Lords of Dogtown and wanted to know more about Stacy Peralta, and was surprised and happy to find out this was one of his films as well. Great Job Stacy! I was kicking back at work last week, bored O*&^%less and this movie came on. Growing up in Orange County in the 80's I surfed up and down the local beaches and so did my dad when he was a teenager. I grew up at the beach, my parents took me every weekend, I body surfed, boogeyboarded then moved up from there. This movie just captivated me. It was way before my time but it was awesome to see what these guys went through..TRUE PIONEERS! This movie is a collectors item.


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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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