When asked what motivated Kurosawa to write The Ride, he said
he wanted to make a film that showed the real love and origin
of surfing. His goal was to show what it really takes to be a
true surfer; by using Duke as role model he helped achieve his
goal in the film. Many surf movies these days just show the glitz
and the glamour of surfing. People hardly ever get to see the
way it all began.