Preemgoers surfed their memories during the bicoastal bows of “Riding Giants” hammocking the long Independence Day weekend.
At Friday’s Hamptons preem, Greg Noll opened up about the docu’s central moment: Dec. 4, 1969, on Oahu, when he wiped out on what observers think was the biggest wave ever ridden and then quit the biz altogether.
The man helmer Stacy Peralta called the “Babe Ruth of surfing” said the monster wave changed his life, noting after that, he didn’t have to be so confrontational.
At pic’s second party in Southampton Friday at the home of clothing mogul Andrew Rosen was Laird Hamilton, the Barry Bonds of surfing. He lived on Oahu when the big wave hit. “We evacuated our house,” he said. “It was the biggest swell of the century.”
The surf met the suits at Tuesday’s Egyptian Theater bow in Hollywood.
In more formal attire were the agents, while the surf crowd tended toward Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops. “Forget Dolce & Gabbana,” said one woman, “it’s all Body Glove and Mossimo.”
Peralta, who previously chronicled the skate culture in “Dogtown and Z-Boys,” said he used the canvas of big wave riding to tell the history of surfing, noting, “America doesn’t know anything about surfing except what Hollywood has told it.”