- 02 April 2009 | Surfing
"Waveriders" the film will be released in cinemas throughout Ireland, Northern Ireland and UK on Friday April 3.
"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.
Joel Conroy from Dublin has worked in film & television since 1996 as a director/producer.
His debut as a feature documentary director is "Waveriders" which won the Audience Award at the 2008 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival and the George Morrison Feature Documentary Award at the 2009 Irish Film and Television Awards. It was shortlisted for the 2008 Grierson Awards.