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Take Every Wave: the Life of Laird Hamilton

A cinematic treat exploring the life and career of Laird Hamilton, a pioneer in big waves surfing.


Dir Rory Kennedy
Prod Rory Kennedy, Paul Speaker, Mark Bailey, Jack Youngelson
Scr Mark Bailey, Jack Youngelson
With Laird Hamilton
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This hugely cinematic and exhilarating documentary recounts the incredible life and career of the big wave surfing pioneer. Fans of Riding Giants (the cult surfing doc that featured Hamilton) rejoice! Take Every Wave is another thrilling ride into the unique and transcendent world of surfing. Digging into a wealth of breathtaking archive footage, filmmaker Rory Kennedy sketches an intimate portrait of the surfer who created tow-in surfing and foil boarding, and who constantly innovated throughout his career. From his early childhood in Hawaii, a brief career in modelling and spell in Hollywood, through to his tireless experimentations with the sport, Take Every Wave culminates in Hamilton awaiting the largest wave ever recorded, on the back of the El Niño. Featuring interviews with Hamilton, his family, friends and critics, as well as some thrilling surfing sequences, Take Every Wave is an homage to a rare free spirit.

Laure Bonville

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