Riding Giants (DVD)

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Riding Giants (DVD)

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Giving a history of surfing that stretches from the early 1940s to 2004, RIDING GIANTS is director Stacy Peralta's examination of surfing as a lifesty...

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“In the presence of giants...”

published 08/01/2008

ProStraightforward and engaging

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The number of films which popularise sub-cultures are legion: Elliot and the gang rode BMXs in ET; Harry Potter lead to a surge in boarding school applications; and Indiana Jones made archaeology sexy. But Stacy Peralta has done more than most. Dogtown and the Z-Boys was a superb look into...

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published 14/05/2010

ProBig waves

ConsSame old

Seeing a big ocean wave rear up and collapse in capricious relief on a tropical exotic beach after its long and pointless journey across the earth, the keen off shore breeze trying to stop that final and relentless act only to see it steepened some more like an angry Cobra is still one of the...

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Giving a history of surfing that stretches from the early 1940s to 2004, RIDING GIANTS is director Stacy Peralta's examination of surfing as a lifestyle, a risk-taker's delight, and a space for increasing innovation and modernisation. From the California coastline to the dramatic wild waters of Hawaii, big waves are the aim of some of the top surfers in the sport--Greg Noll, Jeff Clark, and Laird Hamilton. Beginning with old footage of the first surf boards which were long and heavy and made for riding small waves without much movement, and taking viewers through the sport chapter by chapter, this comprehensive documentary shows how the faces of the sport change with advances in surfboard technology. Bit by bit boards become smaller and 'beach bums' are more readily accepted by society. The film offers a comic look at cult films like GIDGET and the music of surf guitarist Dick Dale--pop culture influences responsible for introducing the sport and its lifestyle to the mainstream. The most fascinating moments of the film come in its final quarter when Hamilton and his buddies discover the key to tow-in big-wave surfing and break through all imaginable boundaries. RIDING GIANTS shows some true daredevils doing what they do best, and its magnificent photography, comprehensive interviews, and insider perspective are truly a marvel to behold.

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