ESPN Films announces the return of the Peabody award-winning film series, 30 for 30, with Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau, a 2013 Tribeca Film Festival selection, which will premiere on ESPN/ESPN HD on Tuesday, October 1, at 8 p.m. ET. Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau is directed by Sam George (Riding Giants) and produced by Stacy Peralta (Dogtown and Z-Boys) and Paul Taublieb (The Vow).
Watch the trailer for this incredible short movie, that portrays the essence and story of surfing through its legendary pioneers:
“Eddie Would Go” is a phrase that has long carried deep meaning with countless Hawaiians and surfers worldwide. Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau goes beyond those famous three words and chronicles the remarkable life and power of Eddie Aikau, the legendary Hawaiian big wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard and ultimately doomed crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a.
Watch a clip from the film as Eddie Aikau rides the monster waves at Waimea Bay to make a name for himself:
With a rich combination of archival imagery, contemporary interviews and meticulously researched historical source material, this film is a compelling exploration of the tragic decline and extraordinary re-birth of the Hawaiian culture as personified by a native son whose dynamic life and heroic death served as inspiration to an entire spiritual movement.
Watch another clip from the film, as Eddie Aikau makes peace with the Australian surfers causing drama on the North Shore. A valuable lesson about Hawaiian culture has Eddie make a ruling that saves their lives.
“Our goal with the 30 for 30 series is to always entertain and inform fans by offering a rich, detailed look at various sports and athletes,” said Connor Schell, vice president of ESPN Films. “Eddie Aikau’s story explores both the spirit of the Hawaiian people and that of the surfing culture while also providing an examination of one man’s life and what it has meant to so many.”
Eddie Aikau was the first lifeguard hired by the city and county of Honolulu. Photo: ESPN Images
The entire fall slate will air as follows:
Each 30 for 30 film will be available on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video the day after its broadcast premiere. A six-disc collectible DVD Gift Set, featuring the first fifteen films from 30 for 30 Volume II, will be available at major retailers in-store and online on November 26, 2013.
- Tuesday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m. – Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau(Director: Sam George)
- Tuesday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m. – Free Spirits (Director: Daniel H. Forer)
- Tuesday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m. – No Más (Director: Eric Drath)
- Tuesday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m. – Big Shot (Director: Kevin Connolly)
- Tuesday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. – This is What They Want(Directors: Brian Koppelman and David Levien)
- Tuesday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m. – Bernie and Ernie (Director: Jason Hehir)