Riding Giants


1h 45m 2004

Brief Synopsis

An insider's look at the origins of surfing, the colorful and subversive birth of surf culture, and the mythology and lure of the "big wave." This passionate and fluid film is the first authentic history of surfing from its humble Hawaiian beginnings to the big business it became to the still rebell

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Documentary
Sports
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Canal Plus; Danetracks Inc; Quiksilver; StudioCanal; StudioCanal
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Cts; Dcm Film Distribution Gmbh; Fandango; Imagem Filmes; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Synopsis

An insider's look at the origins of surfing, the colorful and subversive birth of surf culture, and the mythology and lure of the "big wave." This passionate and fluid film is the first authentic history of surfing from its humble Hawaiian beginnings to the big business it became to the still rebellious universe it inhabits today. A study in individuality and freedom, the pursuit and techniques of pure kinetic pleasure, and the risk taking and attitudes that characterize its leading figures. Closely chronicling the sometimes-life-and-death drama that big-wave riding entails, the film is a visual thrill ride. But also revealed is the realization that the man versus nature dialectic never ends; the search for the ultimate wave and the spiritual pinnacle can only be pursued but never reached.

Crew

Doug Acton

Still Photographer (Mavericks)

Douglas Neal Acton

Photography

Richard Adrian

Sound Effects Editor

Richard Adrian

Sound Effects Design

Dave Alexander

Other

Dave Alexander

Cinematographer (Mavericks)

Chris Appleton

Grip

Eric Bacos

Other

Eric Bacos

Cinematographer (Tahiti)

Bernie Baker

Still Photographer (Waimea), Still Photographer (Hawaii)

Bob Barbour

Still Photographer (Mavericks)

Alan Barker

Sound Recordist

Nancy Barker

Assistant Sound Editor

Lawrence Beck

Still Photographer (Mavericks)

Robert Beck

Still Photographer (Hawaii)

Peter Beraznon

Still Photographer (Mavericks)

John Bilderbeck

Still Photographer (Waimea), Still Photographer (Hawaii)

Warren Bolster

Still Photographer (Hawaii)

Fila Brazillia

Music

Art Brewer

Still Photographer (Hawaii)

Dick Brewer

Other

Lance Brown

Rerecording Mixer

Bud Browne

Still Photographer (Waimea)

Bud Browne

Other

Bud Browne

Cinematographer (Waimea)

Sylvain Cazenave

Still Photographer (Hawaii)

Greg Cesedes

Assistant

Alice In Chains

Music

Christopher Charles

Grip

Peter Cole

Other

Dan Collins

Cinematographer (Mavericks)

Dan Collins

Other

Ede Bell Crowder

Best Girl

Paul Crowder

Editor

Paul Crowder

Music Selection

Paul Crowder

Co-Producer

Zola Jo Crowder

Best Girl

Pat Curren

Other

Patrick Darrin

Additional Cinematography

Patrick Darrin

Other

Dale Davis

Other

Dale Davis

Cinematographer (Waimea)

Dane A. Davis

Sound Supervisor

Dane A. Davis

Sound Design

Cris Dawson

Production Artist

Nathalie Delest

Executive Producer

Jeff Devine

Still Photographer (Waimea), Still Photographer (Mavericks)

Darrick Doerner

Other

Lori Dovi

Sound Recordist

John Elwell

Still Photographer (Waimea)

Tom Feldman

Gaffer

Ralph Flores

Gaffer

Vincent Foillet

Assistant

John Fontana

Grip

Tony Friedkin

Unit Still Photographer

Michael Gatt

Sound Recordist

Sam George

Screenwriter

Sam George

Other

Dr. Sarah Gerhardt

Other

Rob Gilley

Still Photographer

Steven J. Goldfisher

Production Legal

Leroy Grannis

Still Photographer (Waimea)

Rick Greenwald

3-D Surf Action Photo Finishing (Hit Squad)

Ricky Grigg

Other

Paul Hackner

Dialogue Editor

Bill Hamilton

Other

Laird Hamilton

Executive Producer

Lyon Hamilton

Other

Matt Hedges

Sound Editorial Coordinator

Bill Heick

Cinematographer (Mavericks)

Bill Heick

Other

Shawn R Hilleary

Additional Music Clearance

Walter Hoffman

Cinematographer (Waimea)

Walter Hoffman

Still Photographer (Waimea)

Walter Hoffman

Other

David Homcy

Assistant

David Homcy

Unit Still Photographer

Corinne Houillon

Production Manager

Gilles Hucault

Other

Gilles Hucault

Cinematographer (Tahiti)

Bob Johnson

Gaffer

Sebastian Jungwirth

Assistant

Jane Kachmer

Producer

Dave Kalama

Other

Kit Kalionzes

Assistant

Brian Keaulana

Other

Buffalo Keaulana

Other

Tom Keck

Other

Tom Keck

Cinematographer (Waimea)

Buzzy Kerbox

Other

Eddie Kim

Sound Design

Eddie Kim

Sound Supervisor

Don R King

Other

Don R King

Cinematographer

Titus Kinimaka

Other

Andrew Lemon

Motion Control Technician

Andrew Lichtstein

Digital Colorist

Andrew Lichtstein

Telecine

Debra Macculloch

Music Consultant

John Malvino

Cinematographer (Mavericks)

John Malvino

Other

Ken Malvino

Assistant

Jai Mannson

Assistant

Paul Marbury

Assistant

Del Martin

Digital Engineer

Franck Marty

Executive Producer

Lara Mazzawi

Assistant Editor

Jack Mccoy

Cinematographer (Tahiti)

Jack Mccoy

Other

Tim Mckenna

Still Photographer (Tahiti)

David Mcrell

Digital Engineer

Peter Mel

Other

John Milius

Other

Sonny Miller

Other

Sonny Miller

Cinematographer (Hawaii)

Tina Miranda

Transcripts (Typing Plus)

Don Montgomery

Still Photographer (Mavericks)

James Morioka

Dialogue Editor

Bruce Motyer

On-Line Editor

Mickey Munoz

Other

Curt Myers

Cinematographer (Mavericks)

Curt Myers

Other

Dave Nash

Cinematographer (Mavericks)

Dave Nash

Other

Eric Nelson

Other

Eric Nelson

Cinematographer (Mavericks)

Greg Noll

Still Photographer (Waimea)

Greg Noll

Other

Greg Noll

Cinematographer (Waimea)

Agi Orsi

Producer

Agi Orsi

Unit Production Manager

Austin Peralta

Best Boy

Stacy Peralta

Music Selection

Stacy Peralta

Producer

Stacy Peralta

Screenwriter

Mario Perez

Grip

David Perry

Still Photographer (Mavericks)

Kelly Peters

Post-Production Coordinator

Steve Pezman

Other

Peter Pilafian

Cinematographer

Peter Pilafian

Other

Mike Prickett

Cinematographer (Hawaii)

Mike Prickett

Other

Cecy Rangel

Research

Cecy Rangel

Assistant Editor

Cecy Rangel

Production Manager

Randy Rarick

Other

Gabrielle Reece

Other

Dr. Mark Renneker

Other

John Reynolds

Sound Recordist

Mercer Richards

Other

Mercer Richards

Cinematographer (Mavericks)

Jacob Riehle

Assistant Sound Effects Recordist

Kevin Roberts

Other

Kevin Roberts

Additional Cinematography

Chris Rohloff

Still Photographer (Waimea), Still Photographer (Hawaii)

Grant Rohloff

Other

Grant Rohloff

Still Photographer (Waimea), Still Photographer (Hawaii)

Grant Rohloff

Cinematographer (Waimea)

Howard Rosen

Grip

Jerold Rothouse

Assistant

Anthony Roza

Assistant Sound Editor Recordist

Larry Scharflew

Sound Recordist

Maddox Wolf Seeberg

Sound Recordist

Allan Seiden

Still Photographer (Waimea)

Lukas Seno

Grip

Tom Servais

Still Photographer (Hawaii)

John Severson

Still Photographer (Hawaii)

Evan Slater

Other

Kelly Slater

Other

Will Smith

Other

Will Smith

Cinematographer (Mavericks)

Willie Smith

Still Photographer (Mavericks)

Stan Somers

Animated Drawings

Steve Spaulding

Cinematographer (Mavericks)

Steve Spaulding

Other

Mike Stange

Other

Erik Stewart

Animated Drawings

Roger D Thompson

Gaffer

Remi Tournois

Assistant

Christine Triano

Research

Matt Warshaw

Other

Grant Washburn

Cinematographer (Mavericks)

Grant Washburn

Other

Grant Washburn

Associate Producer

Grant Washburn

Still Photographer (Mavericks)

Bryan Watkins

Sound Effects

Linda White

Assistant

Nathan Whitehead

Assistant Sound Editor

Wade Wilson

Sound Effects Editor

Wade Wilson

Sound Effects Design

Darryl Wong

Still Photographer (Hawaii)

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Documentary
Sports
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Canal Plus; Danetracks Inc; Quiksilver; StudioCanal; StudioCanal
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Cts; Dcm Film Distribution Gmbh; Fandango; Imagem Filmes; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer July 9, 2004

Limited Release in United States July 9, 2004

Released in United States on Video January 4, 2005

Released in United States January 2004

Sony Pictures Classics acquired domestic distribution rights at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Released in United States Summer July 9, 2004

Limited Release in United States July 9, 2004

Released in United States on Video January 4, 2005

Released in United States January 2004 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Opening Night) January 15-25, 2004.)