Surf Movies to watch: the ultimate guide

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Stuck on dry land but itching for the rush of the waves? Or maybe you’re just stoked about all things surfing and want to dive deeper into its rich culture and history? You’re in the right spot! I’ve put together an epic list of surf movies in this extensive guide that offers you a front-row seat to some of the most exhilarating, inspiring, and culturally significant surf films ever made. From classic documentaries to modern masterpieces, these films capture the essence of surfing – its challenges, beauty, and the unique lifestyle that surrounds it.

Sprout: A longboard movie (2004)

Sprout might be one of the most beautiful movie ever made about longboard surfing. A piece of art from Thomas Campbell. (1h30)

Le Niglo Chips – Lost In The Swell (2023)

A road trip based on frying oil, In the cold of northern Europe, with guest stars Vincent Milou & Kepa Acero and the French crew of Lost in the Swell. (55 min)

Surfing Morning of the Sun (2020)

“Surfing Morning of the Sun” masterfully blends the electrifying modern surfing with the iconic style of the 1970s, paying tribute to the era’s classic surf films like “Morning of the Earth.” Recognized as a standout in its genre, especially for its original soundtrack, this film is a must-see.

Watch legends like Tom Curren and Dane Reynolds ride the waves alongside icons such as Buttons and Gerry Lopez. “Surfing Morning of the Sun” not only showcases thrilling surf action but also delves into the surfing world through insights and interviews, comparing the experiences of surfers from the 1970s to those of today. The film also features a rare, previously unreleased interview with Buttons, adding to its unique appeal. (1h07min)

Le Cercle – Oxbow & Pierre Rollet (2021)

Dive into the arena of big wave surfing with the French surfer Pierre Rollet. Far away from big waves riding classic standards, the talented and sympathetic Pierre shared his path to big wave riding. Inspiring. (41 min)

Torren Martyn – Tesoro Enterrado (2019)

The famous Torren Martyn down south in the search of perfect barrels in warm waters. Well, he found them. (19 min)

Step Into Liquid (2003)

Dana Brown’s documentary, “Step Into Liquid,” shatters the stereotypical image of surfers as just buff, blonde beachgoers. It takes you from the chilly waves of Ireland to the vibrant shores of Da Nang in Vietnam and the legendary North Shore in Oahu, introducing you to a wide array of unique and passionate individuals. These are the people who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of the ultimate wave, each with their own compelling story to tell. (1h28)

Snapt4 (2018)

SNAPT4 ‘Secure The Bag’ is the fourth chapter in the independent Snapt surf film series, crafted by Logan ‘Chucky’ Dulien. Although the original version was removed after garnering 426,000 views, this epic continues to captivate. Shot around the world from 2018 and through the pandemic, it features an all-star lineup including Mason Ho, Jack Robinson, Barron Mamiya, Clay Marzo, Seth & Josh Moniz, Zeke Lau, Benji Brand, Asher Pacey, Parker Coffin, Eithon Osbourne, Ian Crane, Sheldon Paishon, Carlos Munoz, Salmon Boy Simon Rex, and many others.

The Endless Summer (1966)

Most probably the most iconic surf movies ever. Directed by Bruce Brown, this film is a quintessential classic that follows two surfers on a global surf trip. Its stunning cinematography and adventurous spirit truly encapsulate the essence of surfing and have inspired generations.

Billabong Pump (1990)

We need more Occy turns in our daily feed. A typical surf movies from the ninetees.

The Drifter – Rob Machado (2008)

Back in the summer of 2008, legendary surfer and former Pipe Master, Rob Machado, set off for Indonesia in pursuit of a unique surfing adventure. This trip was unlike any other, pushing him far beyond the familiar comforts and into a realm where he was left alone with his thoughts, his aspirations, and the pristine solitude of an unnamed reef in the Indian Ocean. What was his revelation? That the pursuit of dreams never ceases, even when they become reality.

The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez | Patagonia Films (2022)

Stacy Peralta, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, presents Patagonia’s “The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez.” This film delves deep into the life of one of the most mystifying figures in surfing. Gerry Lopez, widely celebrated as “Mr. Pipeline” for his unruffled poise in surfing tubes, actually began his career with a fiercely competitive edge. Gerry’s persona is a blend of intensity and Zen-like calm, defying easy labels. As a pivotal figure in surfing, he’s renowned not just as a surfer and surfboard shaper, but also as an entrepreneur, family man, actor, and a devoted yogi who expanded the horizons of surfing. His monumental impact on the sport is explored in this film, offering an unprecedented glimpse into his life and legacy. (1h40)

“Code Red” Full Movie – Surfing Goes Huge At Teahupoo Tahiti (2012)

On August 27, 2011, the Billabong Pro Tahiti, part of the World Surfing Tour, was put on pause due to an enormous swell approaching Teahupoo, a renowned big-wave spot. As forecasts predicted surf of unparalleled magnitude, the world’s elite surfers converged on the island, eager to tackle the waves despite a “Code Red” issued by the Tahitian Coast Guard advising against it. Witness this historic day from the perspectives of two contrasting surfers: the up-and-coming Laurie Towner and the seasoned Dylan Longbottom. They braved some of the most colossal and treacherous waves ever documented, with many moments captured in stunning detail using the super slow-motion Phantom Camera.

View from a blue moon – John John Florence (2015)

“View From A Blue Moon” tracks the adventures of John Florence, the world’s most dynamic surfer, and his close friends as they journey from his North Shore home in Oahu to his preferred surf spots across the world. (59min)


‘Slow Lane’ is a captivating surf documentary featuring big wave surfer Laurie Towner and his family as they embark on an idyllic journey along the expansive Australian coast. Their quest for perfect waves, great fishing spots, and thrilling adventures forms the heart of this film.

Produced by needessentials and skillfully edited by Ishka Folkwell, the film offers more than just breathtaking surfing footage. It delves into Laurie Towner’s life, revealing his dual roles as a surfer and a father. ‘Slow Lane’ thoughtfully examines the theme of imparting wisdom to the younger generation, emphasizing the value of shared experiences and cherished moments spent together as a family.

The inside – Bodyboarding video

Maybe one of the best bodyboard video online. Old school rules, by Scotty Carter.

FOCUS – Taylor Steele (1994)

Featuring Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Taylor Knox, Shane Dorian, Benji Weatherly, Ross Williams, Timmy Curran, Kalani Robb and Keith Malloy and others… La crème de la crème !

Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or just love the thrill of the waves, these surf movies provide an exciting window into the surfing world. Each film, in its unique way, captures the spirit, challenges, and joy of surfing, making them a must-watch for enthusiasts and cinephiles alike. So grab some popcorn, find a comfy spot, and let these films take you on a surfing adventure from the comfort of your home.

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