"Waveriders" nominated for 2009 Irish Film & Television Academy Awards

January 20, 2009 | Surfing

Waveriders

"Waveriders" US Premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th January 2009 in the Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara.

"Waveriders" cinema release throughout Ireland & UK on April 3rd 2009. 'Waveriders' has been nominated for two IFTAs (Irish Film & Television Academy Awards) in Best Sound and Best Feature Documentary.

"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. Freeth, son of an Irishman, 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.

This journey reaches a spectacular climax when the surfers conquer the biggest swell ever to have been ridden in Ireland catching monster waves of over fifty feet.

The film was financed by the European Union through the Interreg IIIA Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the ICBAN Partnership, Northern Ireland Screen, The Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann, BBC Northern Ireland and the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland.

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