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The Ultimate Must Watch List of Surf Movies

Even if we wanted to, we wouldn’t be able to surf anytime we felt like it. There will always be those days when you simply can’t. And if you can’t catch some waves, the next best thing is to watch some of the most iconic surf movies at home.

We bet you’ve watched some of these already, or perhaps you’ve seen them all. Nevertheless, here’s our top pick of the very best surf movies of all time!

1. The Endless Summer

The Endless Summer

This 1966 classic features Robert August and infamous Mike Hynson, traveling around the world in search for the perfect wave. Be inspired to surf and travel at some of the world’s best surfing spots when watching this cult classic directed by Bruce Brown.

2. Point Break

Point Break

Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze teams up in this thriller where Swayze leads a band of surfer convicts. Reeves plays an FBI agent who infiltrates the group toarrest the mob who keeps robbing banks. It features loads of surf scenes, romance and drama.

3. Big Wednesday

Big Wednesday

This classic follows the trials and tribulations of three friends as they grow into men.  All three of them of course talented and passionate surfers. Follow their journey through life as they stumble and fall, get married and of course, surf.

4. Step into Liquid

Step into Liquid

This documentary is a definite must-watch and features some fantastic surf scenes with pros like Laird Hamilton, Taj Burrow and Keala Kennelly. Great waves and one of the first documentary films to highlight professional female surfers.

5. Soul Surfer

Soul Surfer

Based on a true story, the inspirational tale of Bethany Hamilton’s close encounter with a tiger shark and how it influenced her pro surfing career. After losing her arm, Bethany has to overcome the obstacle that life throwed at her and perseveres.

6. Chasing Mavericks

Chasing Mavericks

Another true story, Chasing Mavericks tells the tale of a young boy who is saved by a pro surfer, Frosty Hesson. The boy looks to Hesson as a mentor who then teaches him everything about surfing. Expect romance, suspense and of course, magnificent mavericks!

7. In God’s Hands

In God’s Hands

This drama features three pro surfers on a journey across the globe in search of epic waves. Even though the plot is not great, you can expect great shots and visual imagery that will get you psyched for your next surf.

8. Thicker than Water

Thicker than Water

This film by musician/surfer Jack Johnson and the Malloys is a definite must-watch. Follow a group of friends as they travel around the globe in search of the very best waves and surf spots. Think camaraderie mixed with the surf lifestyle.

And that’s a wrap! Have you seen any of these classic films? Which is your favourite? Enjoy and remember there will always be some way to feed your need for salty water!

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