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A Film About Laird Hamilton Goes To Sundance!
Visualising, and humanising, a living God.
It’s hard to reckon where we would be without Laird Hamilton. Imagine, a world devoid of the millennium wave at Chopes, hydrofoils and the Golfboard… A nightmare scenario, no doubt. Thankfully, this is not the case, and Laird continuously blesses us with his miracles.
And for his next act, he will take to the silver screen in an in-depth portrait of the hard-charging explorer of fear, courage and ambition that he his. Peddling the cost of greatness and taking advantage of every opportunity narrative, the film is aptly titled Take Every Wave: The Life Of Laird Hamilton.
Interestingly, Laird has been silent about specific details (there’s not even a trailer on the web) on the film, but is it known that he has employed renowned Hollywood documentary director, Rory Kennedy, to help him shoot it. Kennedy - the youngest child of the late U.S. Senator Bobby Kennedy - previously produced profound films such as Last Days in Vietnam, and Ghosts of Abu Ghraib. She hopes that people not just from the surfing world will start a conversation after watching it.
“Laird’s story is relatable across the board, and that’s what drove him to be who he is, his personal story, goes well beyond any surf film,” Rory told Park Record news. “Although his high-school quarterback good looks might make you think otherwise, Laird has a toughness born of the bullying that comes with being a white kid growing up and going and going to school in Hawaii."
Although the film is clearly focused on Laird’s personal journey, his pro-volleyball player wife, Gabby Reece, and their children, will play large roles. Laird, despite being an invincible, chiseled, water god, still has complex emotions born from his insatiable appetite for the ocean, and sometimes needs all the help he can get.
It was just awarded a slot at the illustrious Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off Jan 21 in Park City, Utah.
Will you watch? How will you not!