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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 like no other figure in history has ever done.

Laird’s biographical story is told against the backdrop of a winter surf season on Kauai, where El Niño storm systems threaten to bring the biggest surf in decades. Mixing never-before-seen archival footage, with contemporary verité scenes shot in Southern California, Bermuda and Kauai, Take Every Wave 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 as conversations with the family members, friends, collaborators and detractors who know him best.

This week we’re ON the beach!


  • Free popcorn
  • On-site food vendors: Diego’s, Boru Noodle Bar, LemonsAid, Tricycle Ice Cream, King Arthur Flour Cookie Truck
  • BYO picnic, blankets & chairs
  • Bike racks on-site provided by Bike Newport

Rain Venue: Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street, Newport
Per Middletown Police, there is NO PARKING on Middletown residential streets. Limited parking in the Newport Beach House lot. We strongly suggest walking, biking, or carpooling.

Do NOT park in the Easton’s Beach parking lot as the beach gates lock at 9pm & you will be locked in

Free Event – Suggested $5 Donation 

6:30pm: Venue & food vendors open
7:15pm: Live music by La Méchante et le Connard
8:30pm: Film followed by Q&A with director Rory Kennedy, moderated by Kate Erbland, film editor of IndieWire
Run time: 118 minutes
Director: Rory Kennedy
Cast: Laird Hamilton
Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton
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A compelling look at the remarkable achievements and unbending personality of a legendary surfing innovator.

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