Riding Giants Synopsis
The evolution of surfing, from its beginnings in Polynesian culture to the present day.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Traces the sport to its Polynesian beginnings, then zooms in on the genesis of 20th- century Southern California surf culture -- the...
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Every sport, and every sports film, must have its superman. The role is filled here by Laird Hamilton, who, we are told -- and, more...
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88

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Magnificent if overlong and oddly structured surfing documentary.
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88

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
The risks these guys take seem outlandish, their accomplishments otherworldly.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
For those dazed and dazzled by surf anarchists Noll and Clark, Hamilton comes off as the sport's technocrat, but he boldly goes where no...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Riding Giants is about altogether another reality. The overarching fact about these surfers is the degree of their obsession.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Giants has SO many insistent high points, in fact, that its breathlessness threatens to turn monotonous.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
Offers a thrilling, informative history of a sport-subculture.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A breathtaking visual history of big wave surfing. This is vicarious daredevilry at its best.
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75

Chicago Tribune

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It's the tales from Noll and his mates, now older and chubbier, that give heart to what otherwise could have faded into PBS special-land.
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Rated PG-13 | For Brief Strong Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ Lively look at big wave surfing.
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