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  • Summary: This documentary takes viewers along surfing's timeline, highlighting the group of extraordinary adventurers that emerged: surfers who, not satisfied with the mere recreational and social aspects of the sport, began searching for bigger and bigger waves, pushing the boundaries of performanceThis documentary takes viewers along surfing's timeline, highlighting the group of extraordinary adventurers that emerged: surfers who, not satisfied with the mere recreational and social aspects of the sport, began searching for bigger and bigger waves, pushing the boundaries of performance to explore the "unridden realm." (Sony Pictures Classics) Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 100
    An exhilarating, often mind-blowing history of surfing.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill White
    91
    May well be the most thrilling and educational surfing movie ever.
  3. Every sport, and every sports film, must have its superman. The role is filled here by Laird Hamilton, who, we are told -- and, more astonishingly, shown -- took "the single most significant ride in surfing history." Seeing is believing.
  4. 80
    It's a film hopelessly in thrall to the thrill of big-wave surfing, and for all its rambling shapelessness, it conveys that excitement in an infectious, conspiratorial manner.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    80
    Offers a highly engaging immersion into a culture of larger-than-life characters driven by their thrill-seeking instincts.
  6. Offers a thrilling, informative history of a sport-subculture.
  7. There is plenty here to enjoy for beach bums and fans of bikinis and six-pack abs, but others are likely to find themselves hopeless wet blankets.

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