- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 4, 2005
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - French - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes
- "Fuel TV's Blue Carpet Special"
- "The Making of Riding Giants"
- Stacy Peralta - Director, Paul Crowde - Editor
- Sam George - Writer, Greg Noll, Jeff Clark, Laird Hamilton - Surfers
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 07/16/2004
"[A] seductive love-of-the-sport documentary....Vibrant..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/09/2004
"Peralta paints a vivid picture of the post-war surf world as a refuge..."
Uncut - 01/01/2005
"Hypnotic, stunning archive footage is backed by a solid rock soundtrack..."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2005
"[G]enuinely informative about its subject....[The] original Super-8 footage shot by the group evocatively captures their free wheeling existence..."
USA Today - 01/14/2005
"[With] spectacular visuals..."
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 modernization. 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.
- THEATRICAL RELEASE: JULY 9, 2004 (LIMITED)