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Teahupoo, Tahiti. On the 17th of August, 2000, a line was drawn in the sand and Laird Hamilton stood alone. Engulfed in the vortex of the heaviest wave ever ridden, Laird Hamilton stood where no man had ever stood before. Death was the only outcome if a mistake was made. The footage shocked the world. Had it not been captured on film, no one would believe it was possible. It was a moment shadowed only by the journey of his life as a waterman and explorer of the most pure form of energy on earth. This amazing film, shoot on both High Definition and 35mm, won numerous awards at the 2002 X-dance Film Festival. This is the extreme movie of the year, quite possibly the decade. Music By Ben Harper, Moby and Bender!
He stands 6-foot-5, with long golden hair--and he still looks minuscule when photographed against the backdrop of the mammoth waves in this outstanding surfing documentary. Laird Hamilton travels to Hawaii and Tahiti in search of the biggest waves anyone has ever tried to ride. Skimming across the side of a wall of water, he's harnessing both gravity and the power of the wave in a death-defying balancing act. There is something almost therapeutic about watching the endless slow-motion images of Hamilton riding one wave after another, meticulously photographed to capture both the pounding force of the water and Hamilton's daring ability to tame it. The footage is set to a contemporary score, featuring musical acts as diverse as Moby, Ben Harper, and Bender as the backdrop for Hamilton's startling feats. --Marshall Fine
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This is the ULTIMATE surfing video, as well as one of the top 20 Extreme Sports video. What Laird and his colleagues are doing are beyond INSANE! These are the biggest waves ever surfed in history. These waves are HUGE!! The waves that I surfed on the North Shore are Lake Tahoe shorebreak compared to what Laird is surfing in this video, and he totally tears these waves apart! He'll catch major air riding down the face of the wave, getting completely barreled and pull out of it, and exiting the wave, he'll fly out about 10-15 feet flipping in the air. It's totally insane. He and his colleagues are doing things and experiencing what NO ONE else in the world are doing, not Bill Gates, not the President, not Michael Jordan, not Shaq O'Neal, not Lennox Lewis, not ANYONE.
One of the surfers in the DVD hails Laird as the "Best Surfer in the World". That's all relative. Maybe he doesn't have the small wave and competitive skills of a Kelly Slater or a Tom Curren, but when it comes to tow-in surfing in Hawaii or Tahiti, then yes, he is the best surfer in the world. He is definitely the best at what he does and is the ultimate ocean athlete.
People have absolutely no idea how treacherous these waves are. They are HORRENDOUS! They can hold you under water for more than 1-2 minutes if you wipe out on one of them. People die on waves an eighth of this size. Laird is the ULTIMATE water athlete! He defines HUGE! He defines psychotic!
Do yourself a favor and buy this flick. This DVD will humble any ego.
You think you da man? Then watch this little film.
Yeah, that's what I thought.
Most recent customer reviews
Really enjoyed this vid. There is some really insane footage from Jaws. Definitely got to see some of what Laird is really capable of. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by Adam Lowe
This is a great DVD!!!! It is a little short but well worth it!
Laird makes riding these monster waves look easy, but it ain't! Read more
I give the surfing video at least 4 if not 5 stars. The waves are truly impressive. But the movie is short . . . 37 minutes. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2004 by Motoman25
I've been surfing since 1961. I've seen the Best Out there. And Fortunately for me, some of these Surfers I have made special Fins for.
Mavs bunch, North Shore. Read more
I gave this DVD to a friend who's 4 teenage Boston boys have just started surfing (world class downhill skiers, all). Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2003 by Frank Grant
Not a relaxing flick AT ALL. You will be on the edge of your seat biting your lip the whole time, while Laird repeatedly defies death. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2003
This isn't the best surf movie ever...but it is mighty, mighty. For anyone who has surfed for awhile, this movie will put a lump in your throat. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2003
This video has some of the best surf footage I've ever seen. The hydrofoil surfing was very interesting; the Teohupo shots were what made me buy it. They are incredible. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003
To see Laird explode out of the biggest fattest barrell that likely anyone has ever ridden, will have you screaming in your living room.Published on June 19 2003 by David M. Sasso