Riding GiantsDirector: Stacy Peralta
With the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys, skater-cum-filmmaker Stacy Peralta introduced viewers to the history of the West Coast skateboarding culture and made a huge splash at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, taking home both the Documentary Directing Award and the Documentary Audience Award. For this follow-up effort, Peralta leaves the land for the sea,/i>… See more details below
With the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys, skater-cum-filmmaker Stacy Peralta introduced viewers to the history of the West Coast skateboarding culture and made a huge splash at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, taking home both the Documentary Directing Award and the Documentary Audience Award. For this follow-up effort, Peralta leaves the land for the sea, focusing his lens on the world of surfing. Narrated by Sean Penn, just as Dogtown and Z-Boys was, Riding Giants attempts to trace the origins of surfing and also explore the growth and progress of surf culture. Among the surfing luminaries who chime in on topics varying from the business of the sport to "the big wave" are Laird Hamilton, Greg Noll, and Jeff Clark. Hoping to find the critical success akin to its predecessor, Riding Giants premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
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Cast & Crew
|Darryl "Flea" Virostko||Interviewee|
|Alan Barker||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Dane A. Davis||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Nathalie Delest||Executive Producer|
|Lori Dovi||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Marty Franck||Executive Producer|
|Michael Gatt||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Laird Hamilton||Executive Producer|
|Eddie Kim||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Lew Maddox||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Alex Matter||Score Composer|
|John M. Reynolds||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Larry Scharf||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Wolf Seeberg||Sound/Sound Designer|
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what a great big wave surfing documentary. not just for surfers, but a must have for any surfing enthusiast. the commentaries from some of the earliest big wave riders really bring home the msg how dangerous this sport was and is today. the photography is stunning, and puts you right on the wave. anybody who enjoys sports in general will love this movie.
I lived in Hawaii and went to all the places mentioned in the film. I was there when the large storm mentioned that came in and there was a 60 foot wave that came up the side of the hill we were all standing on and into the road. There was a rescue also performed for a surfer who did not fare so well.... I loved the film and am buying two for my brother who surfed in Hawaii and my brotherinlaw who lives and surfs in California. All scenes were breathtaking especially on our big screen. Thank you.
This is a truly "kick back and enjoy it" movie that pays serius tribute to the big guys surfing the big waves of long ago. It brings you right into today and embodies the true surfing spirit--not of the hot dogs, but of the heroes. Having hung out at The Trestle, San Onofre, and Huntington Beach in the late '40s, and surfing Makaha myself in 1953....I heartily recommend this. Just wish I could find it in VHS for my surfing buddies who are in their late 70s and up nowadays, and who don't have DVDs.
I rented this movie a while back and decided I wanted to have it for my collection. It's great, if only for the amazing surfing footage. But the history and music and characters add to it to make it even more enjoyable. I highly recommend it!