Release Date: 2010/04/24
Winner of Best Documentary at the 2009 Surfer Poll Awards, WAVERIDERS tells the little known story of surfings legendary Irish roots and its surprising connection to todays worldwide surf phenomenon. The story unfolds through the inspirational history of Irish/Hawaiian legendary waterman, George Freeth, who inspired the sports rebirth among Hawaiian kings in the early twentieth century and is credited as the Father of Modern Surfing. This ocean-adventure pays tribute to Freeths forgotten legacy; as the worlds first lifeguard and a skillful surfer, he crossed oceans to share what would become a contagious fervor for the sport. With its distinguished cast of world-renowned surfers, WAVERIDERS journeys from Hawaii to California and back to Irelands shores following Freeths wave of influence. Renowned British and Irish surfers link up with world champion Kelly Slater, soul surfer Kevin Naughton, and the celebrated Malloy brothers to ride some of the most exciting surf ever seen on Irelands shores, along with internationally recognized surfers like Richie Fitzgerald, Gabe Davies, Craig Peterson, and Rabbit Kikai. Waveriders exploration reaches a spectacular climax when the surfers conquer the biggest swell ever ridden in Ireland, as they ride monster waves reaching heights of over fifty feet. From first time feature director Joel Conroy, WAVERIDERS has won awards including Best Feature Documentary at the 2009 Irish Film and TV Awards as well as the Audience Award at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. After presenting the film with its prestigious Best Doc title, Surfer Magazine praised, Waveriders takes on surf culture from an Irish perspective that may have been the most gripping and artful story of the bunch. Looking at surfing through an international lens, WAVERIDERS illuminates a heartfelt and adventurous story that unifies generations of surfers who share a competitive spirit and a common passion for a good swell.