Catch a Wave: The 18 Best Surf Movies

In this selection of movies soaked in sea salt and adrenaline. The main characters of cool stories are charged not from the public, but from contact with the water element – and surfers are ready to travel hundreds of kilometers in search of the perfect wave. Traveling, new places and acquaintances – all these are also the advantages of the life of extreme sportsmen. For you, we have collected the best films about surfing, which are worth watching for fans of spectacular stories and dizzying stunts against the picturesque backdrop of the coasts of California, Tahiti and Hawaii.

Age of Summer (2018)

An American teenager moves from Minnesota to sunny California and receives a nickname from his peers after the name of his native state. But not only difficult relationships with peers await the visitor in a new place, the guy overtakes the first real feeling for the local beauty Brooks. Minnesota falls in love with a girl, for whom she enrolls in the Hermos Beach rescue team. However, classes under the guidance of a tough coach become a serious test for the young man.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Age of Summer

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Peter Stormare, Brian Van Holt, Percy Hynes White …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Breath (2017)

The action of the feature film about surfers takes place in the 70s of the last century on the coast of Australia. Teenagers Pyklet and Looney spend their free time together, admiringly watching surfers conquer the ocean. Extreme tricks make an indelible impression on the guys – and the guys decide to build foam boards. A chance encounter with a middle-aged adventurer Sando changes the lives of friends, because the former surf star agrees to become their coach.

Original title:
Breath

Genre:
Drama, romance, adventure, sports

Actors:
Elizabeth Debicki, Simon Baker, Richard Roxburgh…

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.7


Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017)

Young Medina Mason moves with her parents and brother to the coast, but the change of scenery does not benefit the family. The girl’s mother is jealous of her husband for work and other women, and at school, peers scoff at the newcomer. The brother begins to get involved in fashion drugs , and Medina tries to escape from the problems that have piled up. Suddenly, the girl finds herself in the exciting world of surfing.

Original title:
The Tribes of Palos Verdes

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Mike Monroe, Cody Fern, Jennifer Garner …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Shallow (2016)

Student Nancy comes to an abandoned Mexican beach to go boarding. A secluded place is fraught with many dangers – from sharp stones to stinging corals. Possible risks do not frighten brave Nancy, but a bloodthirsty predator is hiding near the shore. A beautiful surf movie turns into a dramatic thriller when a girl is hurt by a huge shark. Nancy finds temporary relief on a tiny island that will sink under the morning tide.

Original title:
The Shallows

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama

Actors:
Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Angelo Josu Lozano Corzo…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


On the crest of a wave (2015)

On different continents, a series of crimes, at first glance, unrelated, has been committed. However , FBI agent Utah notices that all robberies are accompanied by an increased risk to the life of the thieves themselves. The man suspects the surfers of the crime, but they are not motivated by greed. Athletes turned to the dangerous path of crime in order to spiritual enlightenment, fulfilling the commandments of the Japanese extreme.

Original title:
Point Break

Genre:
Action, thriller, crime, adventure, sports

Actors:
Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Ray Winston …

Country:
USA, Canada, China, Germany, Austria, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Ride (2014)

The list of the best films continues with a vital foreign drama about the ocean, surfing and motherly love. Jackie sends his son from New York to Los Angeles to his father so that the guy can rest before going to college. A few weeks later, the woman finds out that the young man is staying with his dad, deciding to work and surf here. Jackie follows her son, unaware that amazing discoveries await her on the trip.

Original title:
Ride

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Helen Hunt, Brenton Thwaites, Julie Dretzin…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.7

Age limit:
16+


Unearthly surfing (TV series 2012)

An alien spaceship crashes off the coast of Australia , and this is how a fantasy series about surfing begins. Star travelers Kiki and Zoey have to adjust to new realities while waiting for help. Outwardly, girls do not differ from people, but they are forced to hide their superpowers . Two aliens quickly adapt to life on Earth, but they are especially delighted with the conquest of the ocean on the boards.

Original Title :
Lightning Point

Genre:
Fantasy, Family

Actors:
Philippa Coulthard, Lucy Fry, Jessica Green…

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
12+


On the crest (2012)

The Fisher brothers love surfing since childhood, improving their skills. The guys could build an excellent sports career, but family debts force Jimmy to embark on the slippery slope of crime. Andy cannot indifferently observe the fate of his brother, so he makes a difficult decision. The guy quits his job to sell surfer equipment with Andy.

Original title:
Drift

Genre:
Drama, biography, sports

Actors:
Miles Pollard, Xavier Samuel, Sam Worthington…

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Wave Breakers (2012)

The film about surfers is based on real events and the tragic story of a brave guy. Not every athlete is subject to the huge Mavericks waves raging off the California coast. Frosty Hessen managed to cope with the water element more than once, but after the accident, the surfer promised his wife never to risk his life again. However, for the young Jay Moriarty, the man is ready to make an exception, because the brave teenager is so passionate about extreme sports.

Original title:
Chasing Mavericks

Genre:
Drama, biography, sports

Actors:
Gerard Butler, Johnny Weston, Elisabeth Shue…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Soul Surfer (2011)

In the top films about extreme sports is a motivating sports biopic with a high rating about the career of Bethany Hamilton. A girl from a young age participated in surfing competitions, but after a shark attack, brilliant prospects collapse like a house of cards. 13-year-old Bethany loses her arm but finds the strength to overcome her despair. The love of the waves returns the teenager to the ranks, and after recovering, Hamilton begins preparing for the competition in order to compete on a par with healthy athletes.

Original title:
Soul Surfer

Genre:
Drama, sports, biography, family

Actors:
AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
12+


Surfer (2008)

Steve Addington cannot imagine life without conquering the water element, but returning to Malibu brings disappointment. Residents of the city are completely passionate about virtual reality , and surfers’ boards gather dust in the corners of houses. The last straw in Steve’s patience is a complete calm in the ocean, which does not allow him to play his favorite sport. Bored Addington runs the risk of getting bogged down in the filming of a TV show without waiting for his wave.

Original title:
Surfer, Dude

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Matthew McConaughey, Alexi Gilmour, Jeffrey Nordling, Woody Harrelson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 4.7

Age limit:
16+


Kings of Dogtown (2005)

The California coast is a surfer’s paradise, so the best athletes gather in the sunny state. Rumors begin to circulate around the city that skaters have invented a new kind of skating using local pools as a playground. Surfers are also starting to flock to the popular quarter, interested in an unusual fashion trend that is destined to become a youth culture of its own.

Original title:
Lords of Dogtown

Genre:
Drama, biography, sports

Actors:
Emil Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, John Robinson, Heath Ledger…

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Brice the Magnificent (2005)

Comedy French film will introduce viewers to the spoiled son of an influential businessman . Bris is already 30 years old, but he did not work a day thanks to his father’s money. The young man is surrounded by local beauties, he drives the best cars and lives in a luxurious mansion, and is still unhappy. Bris dreams of becoming a surfer, and the French Riviera coast is not famous for its steep waves. To fulfill his cherished desire, a man goes to California, but the proud element does not submit to the first comer.

Original title:
Brice de Nice

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Jean Dujardin, Clovis Cornillac, Elodie Boucher …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Blue Wave (dilogue, 2002 and 2011)

The main character of the film was a professional surfer, but after receiving an injury, she abandoned her sports career. Annie lives in the same house with her friends, works as a maid in a hotel during the day, and works with her younger sister in the evenings. Unexpectedly for herself, the girl receives an invitation to a surfers competition, and her friends support the idea. The former athlete resumes training until a handsome soccer player enters her life . Annie has to choose between competition and love, which is not easy to do at a young age.

Original title:
Blue Crush

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, sports

Actors:
Kate Bosworth, Matthew Davis, Michelle Rodriguez…

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Blue Juice (1995)

Former surfer champion JC lives on the beautiful coast with his love Chloe and teaches the basics of extreme sports to teenagers. The couple is going on a trip around the world , but plans are disrupted by the sudden arrival of friends. A fun company led by drug dealer Dean intends to return a friend to the old habits left by a surfer in the distant past.

Original title:
Blue Juice

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy, sports

Actors:
Sean Pertui, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stephen Macintosh, Ewan McGregor …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Ninja Surfers (1993)

The cunning Colonel Chi carried out a coup d’état in the small state of Patusan, removing the ruler. The heirs of the king were forced to flee to America, where they became interested in surfing. However, the colonel has no time to enjoy victory while the sons of the ruler are alive. There is a legend according to which peace and justice will return to Patusan when the eldest heir turns 16 years old.

Original title:
Surf Ninjas

Genre:
Action, comedy, adventure, family, sports

Actors:
Ernie Reyes Sr., Ernie Reyes Jr., Nicholas Cowen, Rob Schneider …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.1

Age Limits :
12 +


Scenes by the Sea (1991)

Soulful Japanese film from the cult director Takeshi Kitano. The deaf-mute Shigeru works as a scavenger, focusing on completing tasks and not paying attention to the world around him. The guy does not hear the noise and splash of water, but is enchanted by the grandeur and power of the blue element. One day, Shigeru finds a broken surfboard and realizes his purpose. Now the hero of the film wants to merge with the ocean, but this will require training and diligence.

Original title:
Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Kurodo Maki, Hiroko Oshima, Sabu Kawahara…

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
16+


On the crest of a wave (1991)

Rounding out the selection is the most popular old action movie – an American film with a stellar cast. A criminal gang is operating in Los Angeles, the purpose of which are large banks. The bandits act brazenly, quickly and in a coordinated manner, so every time they evade justice. The faces of the robbers are hidden under the masks of former American presidents, but the FBI suspects local surfers of committing crimes. The bureau introduces a young fearless agent Johnny into the company of athletes, who must ingratiate himself with the leader of the Bodhi group.

Original title:
Point Break

Genre:
Action, thriller, crime

Actors:
Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey …

Country:
USA, Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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