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37th Annual SURFER Poll and Video Awards

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Great news announced today - Waveriders has received two nominations for ‘Best Documentary’ and ‘Heavy Water’ (Big Wave) at the 37th Annual SURFER Poll and Video Awards!  The event represents the pinnacle of surf culture as the achievements of directors, cinematographers, and the world’s best surfers are celebrated.

There will be a live webcast from the Grove of Anaheim in Los Angeles on Tuesday 15th September 2009 at 7pm (PST) / 2am (GMT) on the Surfer Poll website. Make sure to tune in and keep your fingers crossed for Waveriders!


Monday, August 31st, 2009

Well done to Sean O’Molloy from the Navan Road, Dublin 7 who has won our Waveriders competition on

Sean has won a weekend of surfing lessons with Richie Fitzgerald of Surfcoach Ireland. Also included in the prize is accomodation at TurfnSurf and a fantastic BIC surfboard.

Hope you have a great weekend on the waves Sean, and don’t forget to come back and tell us how you got on! Pictures and videos are always welcome :-)

Waveriders at the Maui Film Festival, Hawaii

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Waveriders has become a global success and will screen as part of the Maui Film Festival on Wednesday
June 17 at 8pm
in the Celestial Cinema, Wailea.

See for more details

Waveriders in Spain!

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Waveriders will be screened as part of the 2009 AMSTEL Surfilm Festibal7 in Donistia San Sebastian, Pays Basque on Friday 12 June at 7pm at the spectacular venue: The Teatro Principal.

The film will be subtitled in Spanish and Joel Conroy, Gabe & Lauren Davies will be attending.

What a Take-Off in Cork!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

We were warmly welcomed by RED FM who have been so supportive all week (should have seen Ben and Dave Mac’s faces once they’d seen the film: classic). With signings in both TUBES, thanks Ian, and INCIDE, thanks Jason, we were running amok all over Cork, one way, of course! Then onto a sold out screening of WAVERIDERS!

Thanks to Margaret in the GATE. Rapturous applause and general hollering!

A few pints and some story swapping. Great night, Thanks Cork!
Up in 4 hours for more… GALWAY here we come!

Waveriders has “potential to be a cult hit”

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Cult Hit? We hoped for a lot of things when making Waveriders, so to think it could generate a cult following would be incredible. Ben Hopkins, writing in CLASH magazine, reckons that could be the likely future for the film. Fingers crossed eh?

We’ve been stoked by some more positive reviews, so we thought we’d share them.

Really pleased that some of the final scenes in the movie have seem to have made the impression we were looking for.

“Raw and exhilarating,  director Joel Conroy harnesses something intangible: the spiritual purity that lures extreme surfers to the ocean. The final breathtaking images, captured in the maw of an angry ocean, still linger large in my mind.” - Paul Lynch, Sunday Tribune

“Waveriders effortlessly portrays surfing’s spirit of adventure and community, making the film as much about nature, in both the human and geographical context, as it is about the sport. Conroy creates a genuine desire to throw on a duffle coat and run for the blissfully unspoilt Irish coasts. As Slater comments, Ireland’s a rather cold paradise.” - HUCK MAGAZINE

“Waveriders still has the potential to be a cult hit.” - Ben Hopkins, CLASH

“Waveriders, the most unique and visually stunning documentary of its genre to have been made in decades.” - DAZED & CONFUSED

“A film that tells the story of surfing in Ireland with inspiring tales of its pioneers, a rocking soundtrack and beautiful cinematography. The vast wave at ‘Aileens’, below the cliffs of Moher, is the dramatic climax to a film heralding Ireland’s emergence as one of Europe’s top surf destinations.” - CONDE NAST TRAVELLER

“The resulting footage is among some of the most breathtaking and frankly terrifying film of surf ever shot, quite literally awesome.” - SIGHT & SOUND

As always, if you’ve come across any more reviews we’ve missed, share in the comments below.

Win tickets to Waveriders exclusive previews

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Waveriders, in association with Lucozade Energy, held special previews of the film during the week giving fans the opportunity to meet the cast and crew.

lucozade_v2Thank you to our competition winners who attended on the night! DUBLIN: Dave Murray, John Coady, Ellie, Chris Embree, Binki, Adrian Watson, Richard Gannon, Owen McLoughlin, Uli Lutz. CORK: Dave Sweeney, Dee Maye, Giles Carey, Liam O’Riain. GALWAY: Bar Lelleher, Cathal , Noelle, Synne Hotvedt, Ronan Waters. SLIGO: Cillian, Aidan Finn, Lorcan MacFadden, Lorna Fox.

All the crew at Waveriders would like to say a big thank you to the tour venues below. Each preview was followed by a Q&A with Joel Conroy (Writer & Director), Lauren Davies (Writer) and surfing stars of the film Richard Fitzgerald and Gabe Davies.


Monday March 30th: Cork - Gate Cinema, 7pm


Tuesday March 31st: Galway - Eye Cinema, 7pm


Wednesday April 1st: Sligo - Gaiety Cinema, 7pm


Thursday April 2nd: Dublin - Lighthouse Cinema, 6:30pm

Reviews for Waveriders keep rolling in

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

So we’ll admit that we’re pretty humbled by some of the positive reviews we’ve received for Waveriders. When we set out to make this movie we obviously hoped it would hit the right notes. We want you to see our movie. So if you need reviews to convince you, well here you go.

“Entertaining and thought-provoking… creates a genuine desire to throw on a duffle coat and run for the blissfully unspoilt Irish coasts” - Matt Bochenski, Huck Magazine

“Stirring… intriguing” – Tara Brady, Hot Press

“A remarkable film that will be of interest to surfers and non-surfers alike.” - Totally Dublin

“Godzilla waves and surfers gliding down their devastating crests… [Waveriders] explores an unlikely surfing mecca” - Pavel Barter, The Sunday Times

“…overpowering…  deserves to take its place alongside earlier classics such as Riding Giants and The Endless Summer.  The film deserves to be seen on a big screen.” - Donald Clarke, The Irish Times

Seen more reviews online or elsewhere? Feel free to drop them in the comments below. Or if you’ve already caught Waveriders, pen your own quick review.

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