Director: Stacy Peralta

If there’s anyone to trust with a documentary about extreme sports, it’s Stacy Peralta. Here, the famous skater/surfer, who became icon in his own right with O.G. skate team the Z-Boys, tracks the rise of big-wave surfing. Beginning with surfing pioneer Greg Noll, Peralta digs deep into the history of Hawaii’s Waimea Bay, chronicles Jeff Clark’s discovery of Northern California’s Mavericks, and delves into tow-in surfing with Laird Hamilton. The first documentary to ever open the Sundance Film Festival, the dangerous and daring Riding Giants is not only a cinematic game-changer, but will also shake up the idea of a laid-back surf lifestyle other films on the sport likely instilled in you.