Waveriders centres on the little-known history of an Irish/Hawaiian man, George Freeth, who was responsible for the rebirth of surfing that has now become a global phenomenon. The story is driven by this history on a journey from Ireland to Hawaii and California and back to Ireland where we discover the modern day pioneers of big wave surfing. Surfer and central cast member Richard Fitzgerald from County Donegal gives his opinion of why surfing in Ireland has become so popular and why Ireland is special as a surfing destination. Richard’s big wave surfing partner from Newcastle, North-East England, Gabriel Davies, adds his opinion of Irish surfing by extolling the magic of surfing friendly, uncrowded waves. The introduction is summed up by record-breaking, nine-times surfing Champion of the World, Kelly Slater, who simply describes Ireland as ‘a cold paradise’.
Cast & Crew
- Inis Films, Besom Productions, Irish Film Board, Northern Ireland Screen, EU InterregIIIA ICBAN, BBC Northern Ireland, Broadcasting Commission of Ireland
- © 2008 Film Inis Films
- English (Stereo)