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Laird:White Knuckle..

Laird John Hamilton , Bobby Williams , Tim Monaghan    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Serenity In The Nucleus Of The Beast March 16 2003
By Ed
I just watched "White Knuckle Extreme" for the third time in two days. Laird Hamilton has evidently crossed a spiritual line that most surfers (including myself) can't even begin to approach. While the awesome sight of Hamilton's physical strength and agility rocketing across and down the face of monstrous waves is great eye candy, the true essence of this DVD is the rhythmic poise that Hamilton sustains as he enters the focal point of every wave. So many surfers clumsily muscle their way through big waves in attempts to "conquer" them. In direct contrast, Hamilton's reverence for earth's purest energy is manifest by his unassuming style. The visual images as well as the short narratives demonstrate Hamilton's joyous acceptance of his "secondary role" in each fantastic ride. As I watched the incredible footage of Hamilton riding these dangerous waves I got the feeling that he consciously minimizes his presence as he, almost inconspicuously, becomes part of the raging forces around him. The soundtrack (Moby, Bender, Ben Harper, Robert Aviles)exceptionally enhances the visual. I highly recommend this DVD to surfer and non-surfer alike.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Say What? Nov. 25 2002
By A Customer
Very impressive waves and surfing- ESPECIALLY that sick Teahopo pit! Some of the commentary I found a bit inappropriate, however. Don't get me wrong- Laird deserves all the credit he deserves, but the comments about Jaws being the heaviest big wave in the world (by Doerner) and Laird being the sort of the 'King of Surf', can not be justified until both Laird and Doerner come out to Mavericks on a big winter day and try paddle-in (or even tow-in on a giant, clean day). Mav's bowls just as hard, (if not harder) and for just as long (if not longer), when big. Shall Mav's 'legends' (Jeff Clark, Flea, Peter Mel, etc.) become unsung heroes just because Hawaii's water is warm and blue, and all eyes tend towards that sunny vista? Ooooohhh... until these blue-water cats come out and prove themselves at big Mav's, I take all the pomp they espose with a big rain of salt. It's awesome stuff, though, what Laird is doing at Jaws, Tahiti, and with the hoovercarft board thing. He definitely pushes the envelope- in the tropics...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laird Hamilton Defines Psychotic!! July 14 2002
Having been a surfer all my life and having surfed the North Shore of O'ahu, I've known about Laird Hamilton for the last 15 years. He's been doing "Tow-in" surfing for close to 10 years now. I come from a family of surfers and the freak out every time they see this DVD.
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Check Out Lance Burkhart! March 25 2003
If Laird Hamilton was hip hop, he'd make Snoop Dogg his biznitch! This guy is freakin' insane. He's a big ol monster, with king kong huevos battling surf that looks like the last parts of A Perfect Storm. Instead of all drowning and seeing Diane Lane in the water, Laird and his crew tow their culos into some fat beastly waves, and instead of just punching through and racing the wave just to stay alive, Laird pops, carves, and owns these mountains of water. The footage at Teahupo'o is some of the craziest surfing I've ever seen. The thickness of this wave is a marvel. We're talking ENERGY and POWER breaking on near exposed reef! And Laird rocks through this beast like it ain't no thang. This wave is a serious Class Rosie Odonnel sitting on a bed of broken glass. Now that's heinous!
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Nov. 4 2002
This is great surfing! Too bad it is only 35 minutes long. The bonus material fills out the rest of the 60 minutes and should be viewed. On the feature, the photopraphy is some of the best. There is no plot and there is no lame attempt at making one -- just great waves. Jaws (Hawaii) and Tahiti are shown incredibly. Crystal clear shots and up close. Be warned that most of it is tow-in surfing (only way to get really big waves). The slow-motion of some shots may annoy some, but I think it really adds to it. The soundtrack is fantastic (possibly better than the movie!). The editing is very clean. It is no wonder this movie won awards. I definitely put it above "In God's Hands", "Big Wednesday", etc. I won't put it above "Endless Summer", because they come from different directions (ES is documentary with a story, but LWKE is pure surf), but this film is pretty darn good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick.
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 more
Published on April 29 2004 by Adam Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by D. Aguirre
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Big Wave Surfing but 37 min?
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 more
Published on Jan. 7 2004 by Motoman25
5.0 out of 5 stars Laird could Ride Perfect Storm Waves.
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
Published on Oct. 10 2003 by Figgy Fin
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
I gave this DVD to a friend who's 4 teenage Boston boys have just started surfing (world class downhill skiers, all). Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2003 by Frank Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars You've got to see it at least once -
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 more
Published on Aug. 14 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Mighty
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 more
Published on Aug. 10 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive surfing
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 more
Published on Aug. 5 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars BLEW ME OUT OF MY CHAIR!
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I've seen this film three times and can't get it out of my mind. I do not surf. My Husband grew up surfing in Santa Cruz. He's the reason we watched this film. Boy, am I grateful. Read more
Published on May 3 2003 by "aegge"
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