WAVERIDERS is the previously untold story of the unlikely Irish roots of the worldwide surfing phenomenon and today’s pioneers of Irish big wave surfing. The story unfolds through the inspirational and ultimately tragic history of Irish/Hawaiian legendary waterman, George Freeth, the son of an Irishman, who was responsible for the rebirth of this sport of Hawaiian kings in the early twentieth century. With its distinguished cast of world-renowned Irish, British and Irish/American surfers WAVERIDERS journeys full-circle from Hawaii to California and back to Irish shores following Freeth’s wave of influence. The journey reaches a spectacular climax when the surfers conquer the biggest swell ever to have been ridden in Ireland by catching monster waves of over fifty feet.
Directed by Joel Conroy
Produced by Margo Harkin
Written by Joel Conroy & Lauren Davies
Director of Photography Daniel Trapp
Editors Nathan Nugent & Douglas Moxon
Narrated by Cillian Murphy
Featuring: Richard Fitzgerald, Gabe Davies, Kelly Slater, Kevin Naughton, Chris, Keith & Dan Malloy, John McCarthy, Andy Hill, Easkey Britton
An Inís Films and Besom Productions co-production with the participation of The Irish Film Board/ Bord Scannán na hÉireann in association with the European Union Interreg IIIA Programme implemented by ICBAN, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Northern Ireland and the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland.