Featuring renowned surfers including world champion Kelly Slater, Kevin Naughton, and the Malloy brothers, Waveriders explores surfing s legendary Irish roots and its surprising influence on today s worldwide surf phenomenon. In this remarkable and awe-inspiring film, writer/director Joel Conroy offers a unique take on the origins of modern surf culture. Through the heroic tale of visionary waterman George Freeth, this ocean adventure traces the pioneer s wave of influence - from Hawaii, to sunny Southern California, to the striking shores of Ireland. With must-see, spectacular wave footage, Waveriders reaches a thrilling climax when today s most prominent and daring surfers conquer the biggest swell ever ridden in Ireland, as they ride monster waves reaching heights of over fifty feet. Winner of multiple awards, including Surfer Magazine's award for Best Documentary at the 2009 Surfer Poll Awards, Waveriders is available to own on DVD for the first time in North American on March 16, 2010.
Surfings cold paradise is what a visibly chilly Kelly Slater wryly calls it, as this raw, heartfelt love-letter claims Ireland is the unlikely spiritual motherland of wave-riding. Just 80 minutes deep and minus the scope and style of Riding Giants, director Joel Conroy s documentary starts gripping hard when it reveals the remarkable life of the original soul-surfer, George Freeth. The son of an Ulsterman single-handedly reignited the ancient art of surfing in early 20th-century Hawaii after it had been outlawed by missionaries and practically invented lifeguarding while he was at it. Springing off this compelling context, Conroy follows the Irish riders who have spent their lives exploring surfing s green hidden gem en route to an extraordinary coda. In 2007, a colossal storm churned up the biggest swell ever to hit Ireland the footage of the tiny figures riding these ferocious 50ft monsters goes past awe-inspiring into something almost indefinable. --Jonathan Crocker, Total Film