Disclaimer: This list doesn’t contain either “The Endless Summer” or “Point Break”. “The Endless Summer” is a great and timeless movie – it arguably launched surfing into the lives of everyone outside of the core culture. That pretty much puts it on every ‘Best Surf Movies’ list ever. “Point Break”… not exactly a pure surfing movie, but popular and pretty damn quotable.
Who kinda didn’t want to be agent Johnny Utah?
Film still from "Step Into Liquid"
In no particular order, surf flicks we like are:
Step Into Liquid (2003)
Beautiful cinematography, some brave footage and riders, and a solid soundtrack. This film is so pretty, we’ve seen it being played with no sound, and it’s still engaging.
Riding Giants (2004)
Great stuff from director Stacy Peralta - the guy behind “Dogtown and Z-Boys”, and of course a famous surfer/skater in his own right. “Riding Giants” goes from talking surf origins, to profiling the biggest waves, and the biggest personalities that go after them.
Kind of a deeper watch – “Surfwise” tells the story of Dorian Paskowitz, his wife, and their 9 home-schooled and beach-raised kids. Literally. Paskowitz raised all of his kids in a small camper on the beach. Directed by Doug Pray, who also made a great DJing documentary called “Scratch”
The September Sessions (2002)
Directed by Jack Johnson (yep – the singer / surfer), this shorter film is a look at some big names simply getting into some good waves. It’s just an enjoyable watch. As you may imagine, solid music plays a part in this one as well.