Waveriders is the previously untold story of the unlikely Irish roots of the worldwide surfing phenomenon and today’s pioneers of Irish big wave surfing. The story unfolds through the inspirational and ultimately tragic history of Irish/Hawaiian legendary waterman, George Freeth. Freeth, son of an Irishman, was responsible for the rebirth of this sport of Hawaiian kings in the early twentieth century. With its distinguished cast of world-renowned Irish, British and Irish/American surfers WAVERIDERS journeys full-circle from Hawaii to California and back to Irish shores following Freeth’s wave of influence. This journey reaches a spectacular climax when the surfers conquer the biggest swell ever to have been ridden in Ireland catching monster waves of over fifty feet.
Waveriders is a wonderful film which gives a tour of the history of surfing and the story of big wave surfing in Ireland. This scene (the full version which is in the film!) has got to be my absolute favorite surfing scene of all time. The footage of the waves together with the storyline and the music just bring such amazement. See also the article “Wonder wave – Infamous Aileen woos surfers” for further information about the Aileens big wave underneath the cliffs of Moher.