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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…

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…

Strictly for wave fans.

April 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

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…

The first essential surf movie since Riding Giants.

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

Audience Reviews for Waveriders

Surprisingly tedious

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