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Waveriders (2009)




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With this unusual, way-offbeat documentary, Joel Conroy offers an unique take on a familiar subject: the film examines the Irish origins of the west coast surfing culture. Conroy filters this history through the tragic life of George Freeth - an Irish transplant who turned early 20th century Hawaiian kings onto surfing, and thus resurrected a long-buried pastime that eventually spread to the masses. The film immediately delves into Freeth's tale, then travels around the world charting his influences across numerous cultural boundaries - from Hawaii, to sunny Southern California, to the "mother country" of Ireland. The film culminates with the makers' decision to take on-camera rides on colossal, 50-foot waves just off of the Irish coast.

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Critic Reviews for Waveriders

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (1)

Although the action footage is impressive, it becomes repetitive, exposing the rest of the movie as something of a ragbag. Surfing fans may be more enthused.

April 3, 2009 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Slightly waffly paean to Irish surfing, rescued by the always awesome sight of waves as high as the screen, and consummately skilled, tanned blokes turning them into a canvas.

April 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Strictly for wave fans.

April 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Sunday Times (UK)

It's an entertaining and thought-provoking take on a sport, and a lifestyle, whose identity and history is increasingly under threat from commercial interests.

April 3, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
Little White Lies

Initially, Waveriders looks like surf porn, but quickly reveals itself to be the story of the sport's unlikely genesis.

April 3, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Empire Magazine

The first essential surf movie since Riding Giants.

April 3, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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Surprisingly tedious

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