It’s that time of the year again. Celebrities, artists, composers, directors, and many others involved in the entertainment industry gather together to honor their achievements of the past year. It’s Oscar season!
Red carpets and Prada may seem out of the ordinary for those of us that lounge around by the beach in boardshorts all day, but they aren’t on two completely different planets. There are actually many surf filmmakers trenched in the industry and over the decades, huge motion picture studios have made movies and told stories about surfers. So… a surf film being nominated for an Oscar isn’t out of the ordinary.
The 2007 film Surf’s Up was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. Directors and writers, Ash Brannon and Chris Buck, were nominated for their film that followed a penguin named Cody Maverick on his journey as an up and coming athlete on the Penguin World Surfing Championship. A handful of professional surfers including Kelly Slater and Rob Machado were involved in the film, as voice actors for some of the animated characters. If you ask any surfer, this animated film is a great portrayal of the sport, staying true to the roots of surfing while keeping the story light-hearted and interesting for children.
In 1966, moviemaker Bruce Brown was nominated for his film The Endless Summer. This documentary style movie followed two adventurous young surfers as they packed their bags and traveled across the world in search of perfect waves. This surf film has become somewhat of a cult classic for surfers.
The 2012 film Chasing Mavericks also became a notable surf film. It was a great representation of the dedication and struggles that big-wave surfers face every time they put their life on the line. The film tells the story of Jay Moriarity, one of the youngest surfers to paddle out at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, Northern California. Sadly, Jay tragically lost his life at sea. Although this film was not nominated for an Oscar, it was yet another box office hit that gave non-surfers a glimpse at the life of a charger.
The surf community couldn’t be more thrilled that the movie industry continues to create films about the sport, and continually shares the stoke of surfing with the world.