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Riding Giants (2004)

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Documentary detailing the origins and history of surf culture.

Director:

Stacy Peralta
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jeff Clark Jeff Clark ... Himself
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
Gabrielle Reece ... Herself
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Storyline

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:

Half Moon Bay, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$134,400, 11 July 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,276,368, 5 December 2004
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Crazy Credits

Various additional, cut scenes are shown during the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

DP's R Us
Performed by Fila Brazillia
Written by Fila Brazillia (as Steven John Cobby and David James McSherry)
Courtesy of Twentythree Records Ltd
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A must see movie
8 May 2004 | by triedgrantSee all my reviews

I was able to attend Riding Giants @ Sundance Film Festival (it was this year's opening film) and can only say it is a must see movie - there is a magic in this extraordinary surfing documentary that fires up your heart & soul; dreams & spirit. Give thanks to the genius of Stacey Peralta (Dogtown & Z-boys) and his uncanny ability to brilliantly capture the life & death drama that is part of big wave riding. I especially enjoyed the shots at Half Moon Bay and the notoriouus surf area, Mavericks, discovered by local big wave surfing legend Jeff Clark. Of course there is so much more, but I loved the movie and the audience seemed to approve as well, giving it a 3 minute standing ovation.


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