Riding Giants

Riding Giants

  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 1 hr 44 min
  • 7.9  (4,373)
  • 80

Riding Giants is a documentary film about competitive surfing. The film is the creation of Stacy Peralta who is a world-renown skateboarding and surfer. He directs and narrates the film. The film starts with the historical background of surfing, from the island of Hawaii. There is a segment of competitive surfing that is called Big Wave Surfing. Surfers who compete in these events face waves that are seventy feet or higher. The documentary begins with events in the 1950’s when surfing first became a prominent sport in Waimea Bay. The film also discusses the technology behind surfing. Surfboards begin to be designed to be more lightweight and the film traces how these advances help the sport grow and surfers improve. There are three famous surfers that the film focuses on: Greg Noll, Laird Hamilton, and Jeff Clark. Greg Noll is famous for being one of the first professional surfers out there who helped found the sport during the 1950’s. Laird Hamilton is one of the first celebrity surfers who received fame and endorsement deals from a variety of different companies and Jeff Clark who was also a surfing icon. Clark is the man responsible for discovering Mavericks, which is a notoriously challenging spot for big wave surfers. The film interviews all three men and they talk about their love of the sport and where they see surfing going in the future. The film also goes beyond just the sport of surfing and really gets into the culture and community that arose around the sport. It shows how surfing grew from just a sport for perceived slackers into the major industry it is today. Surfing has become a big business and many surfers have been able to build successful careers and profit from their athletic abilities. Others are upset that the sport has become so mainstream. The film shows this dichotomy and how it has affected big wave surfing.

Riding Giants
Riding Giants Scene: You Can't Just Go Get It
Riding Giants Scene: You Can't Just Go Get It

Clip - 56 sec

Riding Giants
Riding Giants

Trailer - 1 min 54 sec

Riding Giants Scene: Mavericks Vs Peahi
Riding Giants Scene: Mavericks Vs Peahi

Clip - 1 min 18 sec

Riding Giants Scene: Peahi Section
Riding Giants Scene: Peahi Section

Clip - 1 min 47 sec

Riding Giants Scene: Waimea Was My Gal
Riding Giants Scene: Waimea Was My Gal

Clip - 1 min 20 sec

Riding Giants Scene: '50S Section
Riding Giants Scene: '50S Section

Clip - 1 min 31 sec

Description
Riding Giants is a documentary film about competitive surfing. The film is the creation of Stacy Peralta who is a world-renown skateboarding and surfer. He directs and narrates the film. The film starts with the historical background of surfing, from the island of Hawaii. There is a segment of competitive surfing that is called Big Wave Surfing. Surfers who compete in these events face waves that are seventy feet or higher. The documentary begins with events in the 1950’s when surfing first became a prominent sport in Waimea Bay. The film also discusses the technology behind surfing. Surfboards begin to be designed to be more lightweight and the film traces how these advances help the sport grow and surfers improve.

There are three famous surfers that the film focuses on: Greg Noll, Laird Hamilton, and Jeff Clark. Greg Noll is famous for being one of the first professional surfers out there who helped found the sport during the 1950’s. Laird Hamilton is one of the first celebrity surfers who received fame and endorsement deals from a variety of different companies and Jeff Clark who was also a surfing icon. Clark is the man responsible for discovering Mavericks, which is a notoriously challenging spot for big wave surfers. The film interviews all three men and they talk about their love of the sport and where they see surfing going in the future.

The film also goes beyond just the sport of surfing and really gets into the culture and community that arose around the sport. It shows how surfing grew from just a sport for perceived slackers into the major industry it is today. Surfing has become a big business and many surfers have been able to build successful careers and profit from their athletic abilities. Others are upset that the sport has become so mainstream. The film shows this dichotomy and how it has affected big wave surfing.

Riding Giants is a 2004 documentary with a runtime of 1 hour and 44 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.9 and a MetaScore of 80.

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  • Release Date
    2004
  • MPAA Rating
    PG-13
  • Runtime
    1 hr 44 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (4,373)
  • Metascore
    80