Since most of the beaches around the USA are currently closed because of social distancing and “safer at home” measures due to Covid-19, the only surfing (tragically) you’ll be doing in the immediate future is on the couch. You’re bound to have seen or heard of some of these surfing movies, but now would be a great time to give them a watch or re-watch! Even if you can’t get out on your board right now, watching some of these surfing classics will help get you through these strange times!
The Endless Summer (1966)
In the number one spot is Bruce Brown’s iconic documentary that follows two young West Coast surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, on an around the world search for the perfect wave. This documentary is the perfect way to kick off a surfing movie marathon as it captures the adventure, camaraderie, and joy of surfing. While you might not be equipped to follow an endless summer trip around the world, with Brown’s film you can witness some of the best surf spots the world has to offer!
Riding Giants (2004)
Part surfing history, part thrill ride, this documentary from skateboarder Stacy Peralta pays homage to the big wave riders of the surfing world. Follow the evolution of big-wave surfing from the 1950s to today, and check out some of the surfing superstars of the early 2000s like Jeff Clark, the pioneer of San Francisco’s remote waves, and Laird Hamilton, best known for his tow-in riding technique. There’s also plenty of exhilarating tubes and wipeout footage to enjoy. This doc will get you as close to big waves as possible without dropping in on one!
North of the Sun (2012)
Follow two Norwegian friends and avid surfers, Inge Wegge and Jørn Ranum, as they document their search for perfect (albeit freezing) waves. The pair spent nine months on an isolated beach north of the Arctic Circle riding waves and collecting trash that washed up on the shore. With over 30 tons of collected trash, they were able to build a house to live in while surfing this lonely uninhabited beach. The highlight of this stunning film is the footage of the Northern Lights and some amazing views of snow-capped mountains. This one is a must-watch!
Point Break (1991) The original, duh.
If documentaries aren’t quite your thing, then Point Break will help you get your surfing fix! With a plotline revolving around bank robbers who steal money to fund their epic surf adventures, some midnight wave ridings, shootouts, and skydiving, this one is a cult classic! The surfing takes a backseat as the plotline develops, but just wait until the end when Bodhi ( Patrick Swayze) rides the ultimate wave! No spoilers here. You’ll just have to watch to see what happens.
North Shore (1987)
This one is just for fun! In this silly 1980s surf flick, Arizona wave tank surfer Rick Kane boards a plane to Hawaii where he tries his luck as a pro surfer on the North Shore of O’ahu. Of course, along the way he has run-ins with the pros and the locals, falls in love with a beautiful local girl, and eventually learns that surfing isn’t always about winning, but more of spiritual pursuit. The dialogue is cheesy but in that perfect 1980s way. As a bonus, you’ll get to watch Laird Hamilton play Lance Burkhart, Rick’s surfing nemesis!
Bonus Must-See Surfing Films:
- Step Into Liquid (2003)
- Dogtown And Z Boys (2001)
- The September Sessions (2002)
This list of surfing movies should keep you busy at least for a couple days. We know it’s torture to not be able to get out and surf, but hang tight, you’ll be able to get out there soon!
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