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5 Inspiring Surfing Movies You Should Watch Regardless of the Season

by Cristina Costea

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Surfing is undoubtedly one of the coolest sports out there! Unfortunately, we can’t practice it every single day of our lives, unless we live by the beach in a relatively warm climate. This is the reason why, during the colder months of the year, most surfers get the summer/surfing blues. Hot sand and warm waves crashing over our tanned bodies seem so far way! But it doesn’t have to be this way! 

BookSurfCamps.com recommends these following five surfing movies to bring back the summer feel even when the weathte is not beach-perfect. Grab a hot tea, press play and let the movies take you where you love to be the most: in the water!


The Endless Summer (1966)


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The Endless Summer is THE surfing documentary; it’s the most famous and the best surfing documentary out there. Writer/director Bruce Brown studied the surfing scene for 10 years and this documentary is what came out of all that hard work. Aside from stunning scenes and fascinating character, The Endless Summer is also one of the first documentaries out there that brought surfing to the mainstream cinema. It was no longer just some kooky kids splashing around in the water, it was a serious sport worthy of serious cinema. If you haven’t seen this gem, we cannot recommend it enough. The ’60s will surely sweep you off your feed and the surfing will make you crave for your next barrel.


Point Break (1991)


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Directed by Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow, Point Break is, we believe, the best surfing movie ever made. One of the things that make Point Break such a timeless masterpiece, aside from the great acting from Keanu Reeves and the late Patrick Swayze, is its gorgeous cinematography. The scenes are flawless, the colors are stunning and the camerawork is out of this world. Some say that it’s because Bigelow was a painter before she got into directing. It’s one of those timeless movies that you can never guess it was made in ’91! It’s got everything it needs to be a great movie: surfing, action, and great acting. If you haven’t seen it, put it on your watchlist this holiday season! Right now!


The Shallows (2016)


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The Shallows just came out this year to mixed reviews. To be honest, we absolutely love it and cannot recommend it enough. We are sure it will make the list as one of the best surfing movies of all time. The story is simple and straightforward, but the directing and the cinematography are stunning. There hasn’t been a movie, let alone a surfing movie, much like this one. 10 minutes into it and you will be blown away by the breathtaking scenery, flawless image and great story. Blake Lively surprises in The Shallows, delivering a good performance that will not go unnoticed. Just make sure you watch this one on an HD screen!


Lords of Dogtown (2005)


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Another movie with a superb ‘60s feel to it, Lords of Dogtown presents the surfing and skateboarding scene of the ’60 in a beautiful and exceptional way. Even though the movie is focused on skateboarding, we’re including it here, because it represents the decade and the surfer type so well! It’s one of those movies that draws you in and makes you feel like you were actually there. It will leave you yearning for surfing and for the ‘60s, whether you’ve lived in that decade or not, so make sure you watch it this holiday season!


Step Into Liquid (2003)


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Step Into Liquid is written and directed by Dana Brown, son of The Endless Summer writer/director Bruce Brown. Having learned one of the finest in the business, Dana Brown profiles some of the best surfers and surfing spots of the 2000’s, including Laird Hamilton, Taj Burrow and Keala Kennelly. It’s a spectacular documentary that is sure to put you in the mood for surfing. With the tagline: “No special effects. No stuntmen. No stereotypes. No other feeling comes close” you can imagine just how raw and great this surfing documentary is!


*All photos are taken from iMDB.com

Any surfing plans for this holiday season? How about going on an exciting surf camp somewhere nice and warm? BookSurfCamps.com has got you covered!

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