Documentary examining the semi-Irish roots of today's worldwide surfing phenomenon. The film explores the little-known story of George Freeth, the son of an Irishman, who re-introduced the ancient Polynesian art of wave riding in Hawaii in the early 1900s after it had been stamped out by missionaries. By the time of his untimely death at the age of 35 he was renowned for his legendary skills as a surfer and lifeguard. The film also features footage of Irish and British surfers in action along with world champion Kelly Slater, soul surfer Kevin Naughton and the renowned Malloy brothers as they ride some of the most exciting surf ever seen in Ireland, including a monster 50-foot wave off the coast of Mullaghmore in Sligo.
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Featuring renowned Irish, American and British surfers - Kelly Slater, Gabe Davies, Richie Fitzgerald and the Malloy brothers, WAVE RIDERS tells the epic and inspirational story of the unlikely Irish roots of the world wide big wave surfing phenomenon and the no fear pioneers of big wave surfing.
From the Pacific to the Atlantic and back to Irish shores this amazing journey reaches a spectacular climax when the big wave surfers conquer an enormous sixty