WIFF | FILMS

TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON

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Director:

Rory Kennedy

Genre:

Documentary

Country:

USA

Rated:

PG

Year:

2017

Language:

English

Runtime:

118 Minutes

Description:

The documentary tracks the remarkable life and legendary career of big wave surfer, Laird Hamilton. Laird is a unique sports icon - an athlete who has refused to compete professionally, yet has dominated big wave surfing as no other figure in history has done.

Laird’s biographical story is told against the backdrop of a winter surf season in Kauai, where El Nino storm systems threaten to bring the biggest surf in decades.  Mixing archival footage with contemporary vérité scenes, Take Every Wave weaves the past and present into an intimate and compelling portrait of an athlete at the top of his game.  The film provides an uncompromising look at a lifetime devoted to riding giant surf and the price an athlete pays for greatness.

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