Undoubtedly, if you are a surf fanatic like us, you enjoy a good surf film every now and then. Conveniently for everyone, Netflix is onboard with some great films that may pique your interest whenever you find yourself with some down time outside of the water.
The Surf Channel has put together a short list of surf films with great storytelling, cinematography, and insight into the lives and times of surfing’s past and current greats.
Storm Surfers The Movie (2012)
Storm Surfers 3D is a life changing adventure that pushes the limits of surfing. Follow the unimaginable adventures of two Australian legends, Ross Clarke-Jones and Tom Carroll, as they brave the merciless endeavors of big wave surfing. Ben Matson joins the dare devils to hunt down the biggest waves as their official swell forecaster and meteorologist.
ESPN 30 for 30 Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau (2013)
Hands down, this is one of the best surf films on Netflix. The Legend of Eddie Aikau has beautiful cinematography and storytelling from those who knew the legendary waterman best. With scenes on Oahu’s fabled North Shore that will get you itching for a trip, ‘The Legend of Eddie Aikau’ is a surefire hit with any water or surf enthusiast alike. ESPN’s 30 for 30 filmmakers hit the nail on the head with this painfully truthful, and touching account of the life of the man behind the motto, ‘Eddie Would Go’, and the man who’s name resonates with one of the most prestigious surf contests in Waimea Bay.
A Deeper Shade of Blue (2011)
Filmmaker Jack McCoy, notable for his film ‘Blue Horizon’, takes a step back to look at the roots of surfing, and what it truly means to be a waverider. McCoy pieces together seemingly breathtaking clips of clean breaks in Hawaii, aerials of modern day surfing, and angles of underwater footage that showcase a wave’s conflicting power, and serenity. ‘A Deeper Shade of Blue’ is a must watch for anyone who is interested in the art of surfing, and elegance of the ocean’s beauty and depth.
‘Surfwise’ is not your typical surf film in that it doesn’t merely show clips of waves for 90 minutes. Instead, ‘Surfwise’ chronicles the life and times of surfer Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz and his incredible life; the father and legend to many of the modern day surfing era. Doc Paskowitz was an uncommonly exceptional human being outside of surfing, raising his brood of nine children out of a camper van finding breaks up and down the California coast. With charming life stories, and a zest for the fundamentals of life itself, this surfing documentary showcases Doc and his antics that made him an inspiration and legend to everyone in the surfing community.
Step Into Liquid (2003)
Brought to you from the makers of ‘The Endless Summer’, ‘Step Into Liquid’ may just be the quintessential film documentary on this list based on it’s cinematography alone. If you’re looking for shear awe inspiring clips and a look inside the mind of those who rip around the world, this film has to be at the top of the list. Like Australia’s Serena Brooke says in the opening monologue, “It’s not a part of this world. You’re stepping into liquid, you’re stepping off of concrete ground and into an element that is always changing and moving, and it’s surrounding you…and it feels good” Here’s to those who love to get lost in our liquid playgrounds.
Stephanie in the Water (2014)
If there’s ever a time for female surfer’s dominance, it’s now. Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore and her road to regain the title as the best women’s surfer in the world is portrayed in this up close and personal film on her highs and lows. Split up by scenes of her shredding as a grom, to her ripping alongside Carissa Moore in one of the best rivalries in female surfing today, ‘Stephanie in the Water’ gives a glimpse into the mind of one of surfing’s greatest queens.
Other Notable (but not forgotten) Films:
The Endless Summer
Charlie Don’t Surf
Enjoy these picks from all of us at The Surf Channel, and get out in the water!