Movies about surfingby Sarah_reinholdt | created - 09 Sep 2013 | updated - 14 Sep 2013 | Public
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4. Chasing Mavericks (2012)
PG | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.
Votes: 27,323 | Gross: $6.00M
5. In God's Hands (1998)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Drama, Sport
Three pro surfers - gifted Shane, once-great Mickey and rising young star Keoni travel to Madagascar, Bali and Hawaii in search for the ultimate wave.
Votes: 1,060 | Gross: $1.38M
8. Soul Surfer (2011)
PG | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Family
Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.
Votes: 38,663 | Gross: $43.85M
9. Storm Surfers 3D (2012)
TV-G | 95 min | Documentary, Adventure
A 3D adventure into the world of big wave surfing with Aussie tow-surfing legend Ross Clarke-Jones and two-time World Champion Tom Carroll.
Votes: 345 | Gross: $0.12M
10. A Deeper Shade of Blue (2011)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History
This is not a surf movie, it is a film about surfing's deepest roots: in the subconscious; in ancient lore; in the craft of surfboard building; in man's perpetual quest for a joyful relationship with the natural world.
12. Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story (2010)
Not Rated | 60 min
Young female surfers have been nicknamed 'Gidget' for almost 50 years and yet the true story of Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, the real 'Gidget,' and how her account of surfing Malibu in the mid-... See full summary »
13. White Wash (2011)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary
White Wash, the documentary, is a film exploring the complexity of race in America through the struggle and triumph of black surfers. The story is narrated by Grammy Award® winner Ben ... See full summary »
16. Bra Boys (2007)
R | 90 min | Documentary, Sport
A film about the cultural evolution of the Sydney beach side suburb of Maroubra and the social struggle faced by its youth - the notorious surf gang known as the Bra Boys.
Votes: 1,129 | Gross: $0.05M
18. Billabong Odyssey (2003)
PG | 88 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure
Action sports documentary that follows the industry's best big wave surfers as they travel the world searching for the largest waves that nature has to offer. The journey spanned 18 months, 6 continents and produced up to 70 foot waves.
Votes: 456 | Gross: $0.05M
20. California Dreaming (1979)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Young T.T. comes from Chicago to spend the summer in California. He slowly becomes "California-ized," while learning about love and life in the Golden State.
21. Bustin' Down the Door (2008)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Sport
This documentary tells the story of a group of Australian and South African surfers who revolutionized their sport in Hawaii during the winter of 1975.
22. Surf School (2006)
R | 87 min | Comedy, Sport
A rag-tag bunch of seniors, complete outsiders at their surf-crazed Laguna Beach High School, decide to crash the biggest team surf contest. In order to prevail, however, they must do one ... See full summary »
23. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Devastated Peter takes a Hawaiian vacation in order to deal with the recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know, Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex - and she's bringing along her new boyfriend.
Votes: 231,926 | Gross: $63.17M
25. Red Surf (1989 Video)
R | 104 min | Drama
Remar and Attila are a couple of surfers who also deal drugs to make a living. They are trying to set up a final deal with local drug lord, Calavera, when their friend True Blue is busted ... See full summary »
Votes: 421 | Gross: $0.01M
27. The Endless Summer (1966)
PG | 95 min | Documentary, Sport
The crown jewel to ten years of Bruce Brown surfing documentaries. Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding quite a few in addition to some colorful local characters.
28. Liquid Bridge (2003)
R | 98 min | Action, Drama
Nick McCallum dreams of turning pro surfer but his father, wheelchair bound after a surfing accident, stands in his way - as does his own fear of the big waves. He defies his dad but is ... See full summary »
29. Follow Me (1969)
G | 79 min | Documentary
Claude Codgen, Bob Purvey, and Mary Lou McGinnis are a trio of eager and intrepid young surfers who form a group called the Surf Corps so they can travel all over the world in search of fun... See full summary »
31. The Endless Summer 2 (1994)
TV-14 | 109 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport
Bruce Brown, king of surfing documentaries, returns after nearly thirty years to trace the steps of two young surfers to top surfing spots around the world. Along the way we see many of the... See full summary »
Votes: 1,607 | Gross: $2.16M
32. Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008 Video)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
The orphan and former surfer Chris Emerson and his sister Nicole Emerson move to Luna Bay expecting to initiate a new life without housing expenses with their Aunt Jillian, but she charges ... See full summary »
33. The Surfer King (2006)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy
Seventeen-year old Robbie Zirpollo has a problem. As the film opens, his mother is driving him to his new summer job. We learn that Robbie has grown up in Oceanside, California, but now he ... See full summary »
36. Tan Lines (II) (2005)
Unrated | 96 min | Drama, Romance
From the sun-drenched beaches of Australia comes this sexy coming-of-age romance. Cute teen Midget Hollow (Jack Baxter) wanders through life riding big waves and partying with surfer boys. ... See full summary »
37. Monstertorsdag (2004)
Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
A quirky romantic drama set in remote coastal Norway takes the viewer on a tumultuous ride through surfing aspirations, extreme weather and love.
38. Water-Logged (1962)
83 min | Documentary
The "Fellini of Foam's" fifth and last film before "The Endless Summer," "Water Logged" is made up of highlights from Bruce Brown's four previous films: "Slippery When Wet," "Surf Crazy," "... See full summary »
39. Peel: The Peru Project (2006 Video)
Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary
Wes Brown and TJ Barrack take their film crew to the rugged deserts and jungles in Peru with somew of the Worlds best surfers.
43. Down the Barrel (2007 TV Movie)
93 min | Documentary, Sport
The essence of surfing is an elusive ideal. Part sport, part state-of-mind; an avenue for self-expression, a metaphor for freedom; a ritual, a competitive event, a dangerous journey, a ... See full summary »
45. The Ultimate Wave Tahiti (2010)
Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary
THE ULTIMATE WAVE TAHITI plunges audiences into the stunning beauty of an island paradise on a quest to find the perfect wave-riding experience. Nine-time world surfing champion Kelly ... See full summary »
47. Zen and Zero (2006)
61 min | Documentary
A surf trip from L.A. to Costa Rica is a classic, a free ride, executed by generations of surfers since the 60ies. When five landlocked Austrians get on that very road, it becomes a different thing: A comedy, a philosophical diversion, an investigation of the myth of the surfer dude itself.
48. One Winter Story (2006)
56 min | Documentary, Sport
Examines the life and legacy of Sarah Gerhardt. In February 1999, Sarah became the first woman to surf Maverick's, the monstrous wave that breaks in the freezing waters off Half Moon Bay in... See full summary »
49. Ride the Wake (2008)
Not Rated | 23 min | Short, Drama, Sport
Jessica Evans is one of the hottest up-and-coming wakeboarders in the local scene, and she is poised to break out on a national level. However, with the recent death of her mother, she is ... See full summary »
51. The Outside (2009)
R | 90 min | Drama
The story of young aspiring professional surfer Ned Blakey. It chronicles the life of Ned as he lives out his dreams, unfortunately his life gets turned upside down and he eventually hits ... See full summary »
52. Castles in the Sky (2010)
Not Rated | 53 min | Documentary, Sport
Filmed in five countries over three years, the documentary delves into the heart of the locations while the surfers travel through them with a sense of open-minded awe. With never-before ... See full summary »
53. One Track Mind (2008)
39 min | Documentary
A film about the best surfers in the world.
55. 80 Waves (2010)
60 min | Documentary
Filmed in glorious HD over 5 years and in 10 locations, 80 Waves is a collection of huge waves and big name riders from across the globe. Amongst the culture, wildlife and beautiful scenery... See full summary »
58. New Emissions of Light and Sound (2008 Video)
Not Rated | 36 min | Documentary, Fantasy, Sport
New Emmissions of Light and Sound is another ground breaking film made by the people who brought you Secret Machine. This time, we've partnered up with world renowned electronica DJ Sasha ... See full summary »
61. Costa Rican Summer (2010)
R | 89 min | Comedy
A titillating teen comedy, a young surfer and his friends head to Costa Rica to save his beautiful aunt's beach motel, resurrect an old surf champion and find enough waves and women to make for a totally tasty time.
62. The Westsiders (2010)
Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
From surfing innovations to gritty localism, follow the rise and fall of The Westsiders surf gang through the eyes of three best friends from the original 'Surf City': Santa Cruz, ... See full summary »
63. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll.
Votes: 78,412 | Gross: $27.09M
64. North Shore (1987)
PG | 96 min | Action, Drama, Romance
Before entering art school, Rick Kane sets out to surf the big wave season on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, after winning a surfing contest in an Arizona wave pool by his home. Once in ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,917 | Gross: $3.83M
65. Hardbodies (1984)
R | 88 min | Comedy
Three middle-aged daddies visit California to have a marvelous time at the beach. When they learn that a nice apartment and an expensive cabriolet isn't enough for them to score with the ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,481 | Gross: $7.12M
66. Storm Riders (1982)
This is the iconic 80's surfing film. STORM RIDERS are ready for anything as they travel to five continents to discover the exotic jungles of Sumatra, Java, romantic Bali, Africa, Hawaii ... See full synopsis »
67. Surf's Up (2007)
PG | 85 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick.
Votes: 58,394 | Gross: $58.87M
68. Shelter (II) (2007)
R | 97 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.
Votes: 17,679 | Gross: $0.14M
69. Morning of the Earth (1971)
The film portrays surfers living in spiritual harmony with nature, making their own boards (and homes) as they traveled in search of the perfect wave across Australia's north-east coast, Bali and Hawaii.
70. One California Day (2007)
Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
A visual journey through 6 distinct coastal regions, capturing the California surfing experience through the surfers who live it. Shot in super 16mm film, the movie examines the variety of subtle differences that make California so unique.
71. Thicker Than Water (2000 Video)
45 min | Documentary
Thicker Than Water is a 2000 documentary surf film directed by singer/songwriter Jack Johnson and his film school friend Chris Malloy. It shows surfing footage from different locations like... See full summary »
74. Ride the Wild Surf (1964)
TV-G | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
A group of friends go to Hawaii in order to practice surfing, their favorite sport. But this is not all they do there - they also find love...
76. A Brokedown Melody (2004)
Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary, Sport
A Brokedown Melody explores the times, travels and experiences of a tribe of surfers who search for the spark of life and look to pass it on to the younger generation. The film follows ... See full summary »
77. Single Fin Yellow (2005 Video)
110 min | Sport
South bay shaper and surfer, Tyler Hatzikian, shapes a single fin, yellow longboard and sends it on an around the world tour to some of the best surfers on earth, who surf it, then pass it on, until it makes its way back to Tyler.
79. Keep Surfing (2009)
94 min | Documentary
A fascinating look at Munich's legendary river-surfing community, a group of six very different characters who all share a passion for going against the flow.
81. Sipping Jetstreams: An Adventure in Life (2006 Video)
Not Rated | 40 min | Sport
Film and Book by Taylor Steele and Dustin Humphrey From the markets and souks of Marrakech in Morocco to the blues of the Atlantic in Barbados, from Japan to Cuba, Italy, Hong Kong, and ... See full summary »
Director: Taylor Steele
83. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, War
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.
Votes: 497,251 | Gross: $83.47M
84. Barefoot Adventure (1960)
74 min | Documentary
This film from the Bruce Brown Collection explores the trials and tribulations of the barefoot adventurers from the Wedge to Waimea, Honolulu to Huntington, Santa Cruz to Kaui. This film ... See full summary »
85. Blood Surf (2000 Video)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
A pair of entrepreneurs with more bravery than brains hit upon the idea of blood surfing: spreading chum in the water in order to attract sharks, then hopping on a surfboard and riding ... See full summary »
86. Somewhere, Anywhere, Everywhere (2004 Video)
Somewhere in the world, all eyes are on CJ Hobgood. Anywhere Taj Burrow surfs, he is the most progressive surfer in the water. Everywhere the Globe Team goes, there is a unique story to be told.
88. 180° South (2010)
PG | 85 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport
The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.
Votes: 2,558 | Gross: $0.03M
90. Chasing the Lotus (2006)
88 min | Documentary
A cinematic journey around the world covering over 40 years of surf discovery ( 1960 to present) as captured by two underground surf cinematographers Greg Weaver and Spyder Wills. Narrated ... See full summary »
91. Drive Thru New Zealand (2008– )
30 min | Reality-TV
A wild ride through the lives of some of the world's best surfers, as they spend a not so typical two-weeks traveling up and down the world's most pristine coastlines. Follow tour veterans ... See full summary »
92. European Surf Journal (2013)
Not Rated | 53 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure
European Surf Journal is a great new surf film all about surfing in Europe. There are many rarely filmed locations. This film features the best waves and surfers from 10 European countries.... See full summary »
Director: Peter Sterling
93. Gum for My Boat (2009)
33 min | Documentary, Short, Action
An alluring documentary that touches on the redemptive power of surfing in Bangladesh. This short feature tells the story of how a group of more than 30 boys and girls, many of whom are ... See full summary »
95. Highwater (2009)
PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Adventure
"High Water" is an action-packed adventure centered around surfing's Triple Crown competitions,the professional surfing tour's final three competitions held each year on the North Shore of ... See full summary »
96. Islands in the Stream (2004 Video)
46 min | Documentary
5 surfers travel from Tahiti to the Tuamotu atolls by boat to experience unbelievable waves by themselves. whether they were a world champion or free surfer, they had an amazing time.
97. Miles to Surf (2005 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 49 min | Documentary
Miles To Surf is a gritty, unvarnished look at the extreme measures to which surfers will go if they can't get to the beach. This documentary by long-time surfer James Fulbright follows the... See full summary »
98. Minds in the Water (2011)
PG | 90 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure
5 years in the making, Minds In The Water is the story of one surfer's international journey to help protect dolphins, whales and their ocean environment. Shot on location in Australia, the... See full summary »
99. Occy: The Occumentary (1998)
72 min | Documentary, Sport
The life and times of Mark Occhilupo. This DVD is a celebration of a great surfer's life. Following Occy from Cronulla grommet to his amazing comeback, this is the "Surfer Magazine Video of... See full summary »