...charts the development of big wave surfing, from the discovery of breaks off Hawaii to the modern phenomenon of jet-ski-assisted surfing.
...captures the thunder and buzz of big-wave surfing.
Shot by a number of expert cinematographers, Peralta's original footage — often rendered in 3-D — is simply stunning; the sight of surfers teetering on the crest of Tsunami-sized waves is the very definition of extreme sports.
The overarching fact about these surfers is the degree of their obsession. They live to ride, and grow depressed when there are no waves. They haunt the edge of the sea like the mariners Melville describes on the first pages of Moby Dick.
...a vault's worth of stock footage, still photographs, and interviews with punchy editing and snazzy music...