|Directed by||Joel Conroy|
|Produced by||Margo Harkin|
|Written by||Joel Conroy
|Narrated by||Cillian Murphy|
Kelly Slater, Rabbit Kekai
Chris, Keith & Dan Malloy
|Editing by||Douglas Moxon
|Distributed by||Element Pictures Distribution (Ireland & UK)
Revolver Entertainment (North America)
Screen Media Ventures (worldwide)
|Release dates||April 3, 2009|
|Running time||80 minutes|
Waveriders is a 2009 documentary film. The film was produced by Margo Harkin and directed by Joel Conroy.
Waveriders focuses on the Irish roots of surfing. The film covers the life of Irish-Hawaiian surfer George Freeth and his influence in popularizing surfing in California and his contributions to lifeguarding. It also follows Irish, British and American surfers Richie Fitzgerald, Gabe Davies, Kelly Slater and the Malloy Brothers. The surfers conquer enormous sixty foot waves - the biggest swell to have been ridden off the Irish Atlantic Coast.
Director Joel Conroy began planning the film in 2005 when he read about George Freeth in a newspaper. He researched Freeth's background, tracking down his friends and relatives. The film was in development for 3 years; filming was over 2 years. It was shot on 35 mm film to give it a vintage feel.
Waveriders won the 2008 Audience Choice Award from the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, the 2009 Irish Film and Television Awards inaugural George Morrison Feature Documentary Award and the Best Documentary Award at the 2009 SURFER Poll & Video Awards.
Margo Harkin (Producer) and Joel Conroy (Director) were awarded Outstanding Achievement in film making for Waveriders at the 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival.
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