Director: Rory Kennedy
Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; selected for screening at film festivals in Sun Valley, Sarasota, Newport Beach, and Nantucket
Laird Hamilton is an American icon who changed the sport of big wave surfing forever. Much admired by the public, though often disdained or ignored by the surf industry itself, Laird is a unique athlete who has refused to compete professionally yet has dominated big wave surfing like no other figure in history.
His story is told against the backdrop of a winter surf season in Hawaii. Mixing never-before-seen archival footage with contemporary verité scenes shot in Southern California, Bermuda, and Kauai, Take Every Wave weaves the past and present into an intimate and compelling portrait of a superstar athlete at the top of his game.
Threaded throughout the documentary is a revealing, deeply personal interview with Laird, as well as conversations with the family members, friends, collaborators, and detractors who know him best.
Released in 2017
Explorers and Adventures