Director - Rory Kennedy
Script - Mark Bailey, Jack Youngelson
Camera - Alice Gu, Don King
Music - Nathan Larson
With - Nick Carroll, Darrick Doerner, Laird John Hamilton, Gabrielle Reece
Producers - Paul Speaker, Mark Bailey, Jack Youngelson
Production - Moxie Firecracker Films

Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton tracks the remarkable life and legendary career of big wave surfer Laird Hamilton. Much admired by the public, though often disdained or ignored by the surf industry itself, Laird is a unique sports icon—an athlete who has refused to compete professionally yet has dominated big wave surfing as no other figure in history has ever done.
Laird's biographical story is told against the backdrop of a winter surf season on Kauai. Mixing never-before-seen archival footage, with contemporary verité scenes shot in Southern California, Bermuda and Kauai, Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton weaves the past and present into an intimate and compelling portrait of a superstar athlete at the top of his game. Threaded throughout is a revealing, deeply personal interview with Laird as well conversations with the family members, friends, collaborators and detractors who know him best.

"I'm equally passionate about whatever sparks my interest. You commit over a year of your life to the making of a film, so it's hard to work on a subject you don't care about. It took a little while to wrap my head around this particular story. I wasn't interested in a typical surf film – I was interested in Laird and his story and his motivations; what he's accomplished on the water and how he's revolutionized the sport. I was curious to explore what makes a person the best they can be."

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