This Film That Will Define An Era In Wave Riding

20 Jan 2016 0 Share

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You know those films that define an era? The story, the soundtrack, the cinematography all perfectly roll into one neat package of visual deliciousness. They give you no choice but to become part of their weave. Holding On is the raw story of a thrilling ‘90s subculture that was as exciting as it was dangerous.

It’s the feature documentary, the first of its kind. A story straight out of Cronulla polarising the rise of bodyboarding after its invention in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. It’s the monumental growth of the sport’s global appeal and popularity by the dexterity of three mates, Dave Ballard, Matt Percy and Nathan ‘Nugget’ Purcell who were later joined by Adam ‘Wingnut’ Smith, Mark Fordham and Christian ‘Rissole’ Rigucinni.

SEE ALSO: Holding On Film Review

This roughly labeled crew became the ‘Skid Kids’ and they took a fearless, no-holds-barred approach to pushing the boundaries of wave riding; most famously for making Shark Island a rideable, irresistible break and competition venue.

They found themselves in the middle of a sport and culture revolution. Their party-charged lifestyle, big wave chasing prowess and competition success catapulted them into rockstar lifestyles and a powerfully provocative position to take on those who sought a challenge.

"We weren't even thinking about the outside world, we were just challenging each other and going for it." | Dave Ballard

2016 TOUR DATES

Saturday, February 6: Sharkies Leagues Club, Cronulla
Wednesday, February 10: Arcadia Twin Cinemas, Ulladulla
Thursday, February 11: Hoyts, Warringah Mall Friday,
February 12: Avoca Beach Theatre, Avoca Beach
Saturday, February 13: Greater Union, Newcastle
Thursday, February 18: Majestic Cinema, Port Macquarie Friday,
February 19: Event Cinema, Coffs Harbour Saturday,
February 20: Pighouse Flicks, Byron Bay Friday,
February 26: Event Cinema, Coolangatta Saturday,
February 27: Event Cinema, Noosa Thursday,
March 3: The Backlot, Perth Friday,
March 4: Arts, Margaret River Wednesday,
March 9: Mercury Cinema, Adelaide Thursday,
March 10: Jam Factory, Melbourne Friday,
March 11: Peninsula Cinema, Sorrento

Tickets for all stops of the premiere tour can be purchased via Moshtix

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