Laird Hamilton is best known as a pioneering big wave surfer, but that label doesn’t do him justice. He is a consummate waterman, innovator of wave riding, free diver, windsurfer, long-distance paddler and man more able and at home in the ocean than most of us every will be on dry land. In this feature documentary, Rory Kennedy traces Hamilton’s life and legacy, from a childhood as a towheaded outcast in Hawaii to the defiant streak that compelled him to sit out competitive surfing (despite being among the best in the world) and the obsessive nature that’s led to many breakthroughs in surf technology, including tow-in and foil methods. In Hamilton, you’ll find a man devoted to water, impervious to fear and driven to push limits far beyond what seems possible.
In Person: Buzzy Kerbox (film subject)
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