The only thing surfers love more than catching an epic set as the sun starts to dip below the horizon is watching an epic surfing movie once they’re back at the house, beach shack, van, etc. Even if you’re not a surfer, there’s something magnetic about watching others ride amazing waves and the lifestyle that comes with it. With that in mind, here are some of the best surfing movies ever made.
The Endless Summer (1966)
The Endless Summer is the quintessential surf movie. This legendary surf documentary follows California surfers Robert August and Mike Hynson around the world as they search for the best waves on the planet. They eventually find that perfect wave off of Cape St. Francis in South Africa. Director Bruce Brown really captures the essence of surfing with his footage, and his narration makes this documentary fun as hell.
Riding Giants (2004)
Documentarian Stacy Peralta serves up a really great look into the history of riding big waves in this flick. It’s fairly in-depth, and you’ll get a great look at the sport’s Hawaiian roots. The best part of the movie, though, is the footage of the huge waves and tubes, as well as some pretty epic wipeout footage. For most of us, we likely won’t get any closer to these monsters than that!
Point Break (1991)
So you got a bunch of surf hippie bank robbers that do the crime so that they can have plenty of cash to travel the world and surf. Does it get any better than that? Actually, yes, because Keanu Reeves is the Fed that’s chasing them. Point Break is a cult classic, and it’s a great action flick, making for a nice break from the other documentary-style films on this list.
Soul Surfer (2011)
Soul Surfer is the story of Bethany Hamilton, the badass who, in 2003, suffered a shark bite that resulted in the loss of her arm. This film dives into her amazing recovery and bounce back into the sport, and it’s inspiring as hell.
The September Sessions (2002)
Believe it or not, musician Jack Johnson’s obsession with the laid-back beach lifestyle isn’t just a farce, and it started before he ever made a hit record. In fact, he directed this awesome documentary and scored the flick himself before he was ever a full-time musician. He shot the thing in 16mm, giving it that old-school feel. As for the cast, The September Sessions follows three of the sport’s biggest athletes—Rob Machado, Kelly Slater, and Shane Dorian.