Riding Giants
Riding Giants (2004)

A semi-serious, often rollicking, multigenerational insider's look at the origins of surfing, the colorful and subversive birth of surf culture, and the mythology and lure of the "big wave." This passionate and fluid film is… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 9, 2004
DVD Release Date: January 4, 2005
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A great addition to the existing surfing documentaries.

Bill Stamets
Chicago Reader

This is vicarious cinema at its best.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Before seeing Riding Giants, my ideas about surfing were formed by the Gidget movies, Endless Summer, the Beach Boys, Elvis and lots of TV commercials. ... Riding Giants is about altogether another reality.

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Beth Pratt
Common Sense Media

Lively look at big wave surfing.

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Time Out

It's all pretty swanky.

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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune

Peralta has a knack for taking a niche sport and drawing out its universal appeal.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Just short of dropping you into the ocean with a surfboard, Riding Giants serves as the definitive (and immersive) guide to the essence of all that is surfing."

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Instead of weighing the film down with spaced-out surfer-dude quotes, director Stacy Peralta traces the sport's origins back to the ancient Hawaiians.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

There's no denying that much of this is spectacular.

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Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

This even more exhilarating documentary focuses more on the history of the sport.

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