In Hollywood speak, Stacy Peralta and Laird Hamilton have officially “arrived.” Peralta’s paean to big wave surfing Riding Giants was just picked up by Sony Classics to the tune of two million dollars at the {{{Sundance}}} Film Festival, while Hamilton, who co-produced Giants, was a winner himself at the X-Dance fest. Hamilton’s film, The Ride, took the top prize at the extreme sports themed Sundance offshoot.

Both guys are also promising big things in the coming year. Peralta’s film will hit theaters this summer and production just commenced on The Lords of Dogtown — a narrative film based on his wildly popular documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys, The Lords of Dogtown will be directed by Catherine Hardwicke of Thirteen and will again chronicle the rise of Peralta and his pals Tony Alva and Jay Adams in the gritty Venice/Santa Monica of the mid 70’s. Peralta says a surf sequence of the boys surfing the gnarly old P.O.P pier that will open the film will be shot with a combination of live action and computer generated animation. “It’s just too expensive and too difficult to physically re-create the pier,” he says.

Big wave impresario, Hamilton, also has some major moves in the works. He’s following in Tony Hawk’s footsteps by opening up a full-scale film and television production company — becoming the first pro-surfer in history to take this audacious step. According to Hamilton’s producing partner, Jane Kachmer, the new company, called BamMan Productions, is closing a development deal with Disney for a large format film. She also said the company will produce a board sport themed reality- adventure series later this year. Jamie Tierney