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Riding Giants

Riding Giants
Riding Giants
Riding Giants
  • PG-13
  • 1h 41m
  • 2004
Certified Fresh93%
Common Sense Media Iconage 12+
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From acclaimed director Stacy Peralta comes Riding Giants, the story of big wave surfing. Breaking the mold of traditional documentary filmmaking, Riding Giants uses its dynamic, cross-generational approach to profile the lives and times of the intrepid surfers who over the decades have dedicated themselves to finding and successfully challenging the biggest waves on earth. We meet Greg Noll, the pioneer, whose relentless push into Hawaii's big surf in the late 1950s earned him the nickname "The Bull." There's Jeff Clark, Northern California's lone frontiersman, who, after discovering the massive waves of Maverick's near San Francisco, rode there alone for over a decade. And finally Hawaii's Laird Hamilton, the prototypical "extreme" surfer, a rare breed of athlete/innovator considered as the best big wave rider who ever waxed a board. Through a fast-paced combination of mediums that include classic archival photography, spectacular movie footage - both current and vintage - and contemporary interviews with the sport's greatest surfers, experts and storytellers, Riding Giants captures the rich visual history of one of the most dramatic athletic adventures of our time. -- Sam George, Global Editor SURFER Magazine
© 2004 Setsuna LLC, Forever Films and StudioCanal. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh93%
Critics Consensus: A great addition to the existing surfing documentaries.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Lively look at big wave surfing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that young surfers and surfer wannabes will be very interested in seeing this movie that could have been a PG without the profanity. Interestingly, it's the older surfers who have the worst cases of potty mouth. Other than that, there's not much to worry about. There are multiple wipeouts, including one that killed a famous surfer. We hear of other surfers dying as well. In old footage we see a group of young surfers squirting lighter fluid into their mouths and then spitting it into flames -- you may want to let your kids know that this Jackass-style trick is not a good idea.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Documentary
  • Release Date:July 9, 2004
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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