Our Favorite Surf Flicks

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. 

Surfwise (2007) 
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. 


Cristian Merello Joins Cushe

So here is a thing that is awesome: superstar Chilean surfer Cristian Morello joins team Cushe as an international ambassador! 

Morello has as many trophies as we do slippers, plus he's an all-around cool dude. A perfect addition to an already great squad. 

Bonus science-y information: Winter in Chile is June to August. Also, on a synoptic scale, the most important factors that controls the climate in Chile are the Pacific Anticyclone, the southern circumpolar low pressure area, the cold Humboldt current, the Chilean Coast Range and the Andes Mountains. Despite Chile's narrowness, some interior regions may experience wide temperature oscillations and cities such as San Pedro de Atacama, may even experience a continental climate.

What just happened… we blacked out. 


Welcome, Sierra!

It’s easy to like Sierra Quitiquit. Heck, it’s easy to LOVE Sierra Quitiquit. Not in a superficial sense, but for who she is, and what she’s all about. At Cushe, we’re always on the lookout for people who have a real passion for what they do – and the guts to chase that passion so far that it becomes a part of who they are. This is why we’re happy to announce Sierra as a new ambassador, and member of team Cushe!

How did she get here? We'll let her explain… 

“I grew up in Park City, Utah, back when it was just a sleepy little ski town. My Dad had my three brothers and I on skis before we blew out the candles on the cakes for our second birthdays. Skiing was always the most important thing in our lives. I started competitive ski racing when I was about six or seven years old. I loved skiing fast, beating the boys and having as much fun as possible. It became my mantra for life. Those years taught me to be an aggressive athlete, while maintaining a deep appreciation for the amazing world surrounding me.

Now, traveling the world and skiing big lines on the most challenging mountains for a living is truly a dream come true. When I'm not on the slopes or modeling, I try to spend my time as a professional fun-seeker! Riding bikes, surfing, yoga, running, cooking, and traveling are my favorite things in the whole world. I hope to inspire young girls to realize their beauty not just through athletic achievement, but kindness, consciousness, and the pursuit of happiness.


Follow the adventures of Sierra on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook


NAWIA, Round 2

Our intrepid Surf Samurai, Mitch Corbett, reminds us yet again that Not All Wandering Is Aimless. Beautiful views, barrels, and the little moments in life. 


The Birth of Surf Fashion

Meet the Hoffman collection, the birth of surf fashion, and the inspiration for the Cushe Life. 


Not a Bad View for Mitch

During his exploration of the UK coastline for undiscovered and unsurfed territory, Mitch Corbett finds some mighty fine views. This is what Cushe Time is all about. A time to reflect, savor a moment, and put a smile on your face thinking about the next one.


Say Hey to Sophie Hellyer

We caught up with team Cushe surfer Sophie Hellyer, fresh off her 1st place finish at the Croyde leg of the Student Surf Tour in the UK. Her third 1st place finish in a row on the tour. We’re not always the best at maths, but if you carry the one, that ads up to awesome. One more good finish at Gwithian, and we’ll be talking about a champion here.

We did say Student Surf Tour, which means Sophie is rocking the waves while earning her degree in events management at the University of Plymouth. Seems like she’s managing events just fine already!

C: Tell us about how you were introduced to surfing. Was it through friends or family?
S: My older sisters and dad both surfed, so it was only natural for me to join in. Dad taught me when I was about 13, and I dreamed of being as good as my big sister!

C: What made you stick with it (surfing)?
S: I couldn’t NOT stick with it! It’s love… passion… it’s just about everything I need. It can be hard to endure sometimes in icy cold conditions when the waves suck, but I rarely have a surf that I regret getting wet!

C: What do you love about being on the water?
S: Just the way it can alter my mood. It can calm me down or excite me; make me relaxed or hyper!

C: Top three surf spots?
S: Soup Bowl, Barbados; Lakey Peak, Indonesia; Lynmouth, Devon UK.

C: OK, time for the lightning round:
Favorite movie / coast / condiment / casual adult beverage / domesticated animal / 80's song? Go.
S: Step Brothers, West, Wholegrain mustard, Wine, Dogs, Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart

C: Interesting. We'll reveal your score later. What’s been the best place you’ve traveled so far?
S: Costa Rica with Cushe last year was epic! We did a nine hour road trip into the jungle in a four wheel drive, found some pumping empty waves, and stayed in a huge house right on the point.

C: Sounds pretty epic indeed! Would you live there, or is there somewhere else you’d like to call home for a bit?
S: Southwest France. Near home but better waves and climates!

C: Three things you want(ed) to be when you grow up?
S: Peter Pan, my big sister Laura, and happy!

C: Those are three great things! We always wanted to be excellent at segues. What’s rocking your iPod right now?
S: Naked and Famous

C: What big plans do you have this year… and or for dinner?
S: Graduate from uni (fingers crossed, got 10,000 words to write after this interview!), and travel, travel, travel.
Dinner, currently sat in front of an open fire in Scotland drinking a glass of red looking at the snow covered mountains and beautiful loch, and my sister is cooking us up a pasta Bolognese!


The Art of Shred

Take a timeout today and set your peepers on this beautiful profile of Justin Bruursema, creator of Burly Surfboards. Justin / Burly are based not far from Cushe HQ in Western Michigan, so not only is he a local for us, but he also shapes boards and a surf scene in Michigan. That's right - there are surfers on the Great Lakes. Doing what you love and creating a culture in an unlikely place... that pretty much defines the Cushe Life.

The Art of Shred - Justin Bruursema / Burly Surfboards from Antix Media on Vimeo.



The Latest from Natty Perez

We love getting emails from Natty Perez. Not only is she an all around awesome girl who is part of the Cushe crew, Natty is a super hard worker. Since being sidelined with an injury for a solid month, she’s been back at it for the last 3 weeks with a tough schedule of 2 hours in the gym, and three hours on the surf. Every. Damn. Day.

Hard work pays off though. Natty finished the season as the #2 ranked woman surfer in PR, and she’s qualified to try out for the women’s world surfing team for 2013. Datswotsup.

She’s even featured in Mundo Rad! Magazine – check it out (Spanish skills required)

Did we mention she also sends us awesome photos like the one below? ‘Cause she does. And we like it.