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.
Trailer, Interviews, Wipeouts, Surfing, Stills
Release Date: 07 September 2009
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 76 minutes
Production Year: 2009
Main Language: English