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Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Rory Kennedy

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About the Movie

Laird Hamilton is perhaps the greatest big wave surfer of all time, a living legend who has tamed some of the world's mightiest waves. Amongst the surf community, he is also one of the most controversial figures, an innovator who has revolutionized the sport often to the dismay of purists. This thrilling, up-close portrait traces Hamilton's remarkable journey, from his rebellious childhood in Hawaii to his fearless first forays into surfing to his relentless pursuit of ever-bigger waves, a quest that ultimately led him to conquer what’s been called 'the heaviest wave ever ridden.' Blending candid interviews with breathtaking action footage, Take Every Wave is visceral, white-knuckle look at a life lived on the edge.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 21
  • Fresh: 16
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The documentary stirs up most of its sporadic excitement in the surfing footage, of which there is plenty. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Oct 5, 2017

Fresh: This slick, entertaining portrait won't provide many surprises for those who've followed the subject's high-profile career - as pretty much anyone interested in surfing has - but should fascinate others for whom he's a less familiar personality. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Jan 26, 2017

Fresh: Hamilton's story is so filled with dramatic incident and personal and psychological complexity, not to mention spectacular visuals of waves upward of 100 feet tall, that it compels attention whether surfing means anything to you or not. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Sep 28, 2017

Rotten: The film's last shot is a gasp-inducing long look at Hamilton triumphantly skimming across a wave for what seems like minutes. In the end, that ride isn't worth the work it takes to get there. – Kristen Page-Kirby, Washington Post, Oct 12, 2017

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Customer Reviews


Laird is a living legend. Athlete, philosopher, inventor, adventurist, and just a super cool dude — an overall exemplary human being. His story provides so much depth to the image of the pioneering extreme surfer we’ve always known about. This is an absolute must-watch, whether you know anything about Laird’s story or sport or surfing — and he continues to explore and live an amazing journey, both personally & professionally. #XPTlife


From beginning to end, this is absolutely captivating. The photography, the music...perfection. But what really struck me is getting to know Laird a little better, understanding his drive, his philosophy and the sheer dedication to his passion. I've watched it 5 times so far!

Complaining about crowds while you $

Hypocrites but that would ascribe premeditation.
Laughing as they complain about crowds while shilling their
Ps. The old aussie guy gives you a headache

Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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