Best Surf Documentaries
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First of all, some of the professional surfers of these documentaries have exerted of double in some films of Hollywood, as it is the case of Laird Hamilton that bent to Kevin Costner in some scenes of Waterworld, film directed in 1995 by Kevin Reynolds.
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Spain 2017 – 29 min
Axi Muniain, a Zarautz surfer launches to the conquest of the perfect wave in the Spanish and Portuguese coasts. Will it find it?
Mexico 2016 – 120 min. With Adela and diverse Mexican surfers.
During 21 days Adela furrow the waves of the beach of Zicatela, in the search for the perfect wave to break it, always accompanies of big figures of the Mexican surf.
USA 2016 – 90 min. With Bruce (Andy’s brother), Lyndie (Andy’s wife), Andy’s parents, Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson and other members of the Billabong team.
This documentary explains the complete history of the thrice champion of the world of consecutive form, Andy Irons, as anybody before had explained it, with the intervention of familiar and friends. 90 minutes of homage to one of the maximum referents of the surf worldwide.
Australia/Peru 2015 – 90 min. With Angie Davis and Harold Koechlin.
Narrates the adventures of the Australian journalist Angie Davis and the Peruvian surf guide Harold in the north of Peru, trying to be aware of the environmental problems that attack our coasts.
Portugal 2014 – 51 min. With Garrett McNamara.
Visits the Portugal coast beside Garret McNamara and discovers all his secrets.
of Josh Pomer
USA 2013 – 76 min. With Jeff Clark, Jay Moriarity, Peter Mel, Flea, Shane Dorian, Mark Foo, Brock Little and Mike Parsons.
Explains the true history of Mavericks, these deadly and famous waves.
of Andrew Kidman
Australia 2013 – 80 min.
Presented as a new reference, mix between surf, music and cinema, this film and his soundtrack was made in homage to the 40 years of ‘Morning of the Earth’, the documentary directed in 1972 by Albert Falzon that changed forever the vision that the world had of the Surf.
of Fernando Lebrija
Mexico 2013 – 80 min. With Alex Edda, Erendira Ibarra, Javier Álvarez, Kelly Slater, Brian Conelly, Coco Walnuts, Rob Machado.
Explains the history of 2 fellow surfers that decide to do a trip to the best surf beaches of Mexico, beginning in Oaxaca and finishing in Drop California, where will find with one of the most powerful waves of the world.
Sine Qua Non: The Psychology of Big Wave Surfing
of Richard Yelland
USA 2012 – 23 min. With Greg Long.
An intimately relate that leaves to the nude the thoughts of one of the most fearful surfers, Greg Long.
of Mark Brightwell and Cohan Banfield
USA 2012 – 55 min. With Michael Hopkins, Dean Bowen, Owen Wright and Wipeouts, Dean Bowen, Ryan Hipwood.
Winner of the best photography prize in the 2012 surf film festival of New York, presents a community of professional surfers practising surf in diverse parts of the world. It includes a new vision in the realisation of documentaries of surf, that combines the surf, the cinema and a conscious use of edition, synchronising vision and audio to perfection.
of Alex DePhillipo
USA 2012 – 5 min. Kalani Chapman, Flynn Novak, TJ Barron, Bruce Irons, Keali’i Mamala.
A short film of surf filmed in the coast north of the Island of Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii.
of Justin McMillan and Christopher Nelius
Australia, Austria 2012 – 95 min. With Tom Carroll, Ben Matson and Ross Clark-Jones.
Narrates the ambitious project of the surfers Ross Clarke-Jones and Tom Carroll, to look for and conquer the most radical waves of Australia and record the adventure in 3D.
of Matt Crocker and James Dean
The United Kingdom 2012 – 90 min. With Mitch Corbett and Mark Harris.
The history of how in the United Kingdom have developed some of the scenes of surf more unusual and colourful of the planet.
of Jason Kenworthy
USA 2011 – 23 min. With Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson, Laura Enever, Coco Ho Monyca Byrne-Wickey, Malia Manuel.
An entirely starred film by surfers of Hawaii, Australia and California that shows like this generation of women surfers has changed the world of the surf.
of Jack McCoy
2011 – 90 min. With Moses Goods, Mick O’Brien and Jamie O’Brien.
A documentary on the deepest roots of surf: in the subconscious, in the ancient tradition, in the art of the construction of tables of surf, in the constant research of the man to reach a lucky relation with nature.
of Dan Norkūnas, Kyle Buthman, Graham Nash, Aaron Lieber, Ryan Moss, Sean Benik, Ryan Kenny, Harley Ingley, Jordan Ahern, Will Skudin, Damon Meade, Zach Hill, Patrick Trefz, Lachlan McKinnon, Tim Boydell, Elliot Leboe, Jeremy Koreski and Damien Robertson
USA 2011 – 71 min.
With 20 short surf films of 20 international directors in which we can see some of the best international surfers.
of Ulf Lennart Wahl and Lucas Steinbrecher
Germany 2011 – 27 min.
Two surfers speak about the life in Bali and what means for them the surf. One of them is an Indonesian natal, the another emigrated from the United States. His histories are entirely different.
of Julian Watson
2011 – 55 min. With Lungani Memani, Andrew Lange and Avuyile Ndamase.
In the 1000 km of wild coast between Durban and J.Bay, in South Africa, every year in June the waves reach his higher beak and is then when they celebrate the surf competitions with a big marine biodiversity, including some species of sharks.
of Alex DePhillipo
USA 2010 – 72 min. With Dean Randazzo, Sam Hammer, Andrew Gesler, Zach Humphries and Clay Pollioni.
DePhillipo follows with his camera during a year to the best surfers of New Jersey until the most remote places in the world.
of Alexander Klein
USA 2010 – 84 min. With Mateo Olsen, Arthur Rashkovan and Gil Keren.
An impressive look at the conflict between Israel and Gaza through the surf.
Lost in the Ether of Andrew Kidman
Australia 2010 – 58 min. With Dave Parmenter, Michael ‘MP’ Peterson, Wayne Lynch, Michael Mackie, Sage Joske, Simon Anderson, Terry Fitzgerald.
The fifth film of Andrew Kidman brings like main subject the exploration of the process of design of tables of surf that initiated in ‘Glass Love’. The main point of difference is that in this new film centres in a determinate design, the shapers, showing all the process of creation.
- The Ultimate Wave: Tahití of Stephen Low
2010 – 45 min. With Michael Hanrahan, Kelly Slater, Raimana Go Bastolear, Kalani Miller.
Filmed in Tahití and in the islands of the French Polynesia, impressive sample scenes of surf in the only paradise of the Peaceful South.
of Matt Beauchesne
USA 2010 – 46 min – With Julian Wilson, Dane Reynolds, Taj Burrow, Dusty Payne, Mick Fanning.
Narrates the adventures of these champions of the surf during a year, visiting the best and more beautiful places for practices it of the surf in the world: South Africa, Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, California, Hawaii, France, Spain and Brazil.
of Craig and Derek Hoffmann
EE. UU. 2010 – 48 min. With Scott Aichner, Brent Bielmann, Brian Bielmann.
In Hawaii, the best surfers, photographers and film-makers share his point of view on what means and what needs to live the dream of the surf.
of Claire Gorman
Australia, USA 2010 – 52 min. With Jess Laing, Nikki Go Dijk, India Payne.
Documentary on the first steps of 3 young women to turn into professional surfers, his passions and his dreams.
of Taylor Steele
USA 2010 – 2 CDs 35 min. With Rob Machado
Documentary mounted with the scenes that didn’t go in ‘The Drifter ‘, on the Rob Machado adventures in India.
of Justin McMillan, Chris Nelius
Australia 2010 – 46 min. With Shayne Baxter, Tom Carroll, Ross Clarke-Jones, Doug Young.
These experienced champions of surf confront the gigantic waves of New Zealand and… To a big Antarctic storm.
of Bjoern Richie Lob
Germany 2009 – 94 min. With Dieter Deventer, Walter Strasser, Quirin Rohleder, Florian Kummer, Gerry Schlegel and Eli Mack.
Fascinante looked to the legendary community of surfers of Munich, a group of 6 very different characters that share the passion for going against the current.
of Thomas Campbell
2009 – 75 min. With Dave Rastovich, Dane Reynolds, Joel Tudor, Chelsea Hedges, Dan Malloy, Devon Howard, Sofia Mulanovich, Chris of the Muslim, Alex Knost and Rob Machado.
Last film of Thomas Campbell, after ‘The Seedling ‘ and ‘Sprout’, in which it carries us by the wonderful and spectacular west waves of Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, California, Sumatra and Java. The best surfers and the best waves with a spectacular soundtrack.
of Taylor Steele
USA 2009 – 60 min. With Rob Machado and Kelly Slater.
A trip in solitude by the Indonesian islands out of the typical surf routes of Rob Machado by Bali, Sumbawa, Java and Lombok, for practice surf ones of the best waves of the world, but also is a trip of rediscovery of one same, to go back to order the preferences in the life and know what is important and what not. Better Film of the Film festival of Surf of California and of the Festival Ombak of Bali.
of Kenneth Anger
USA 2009 – 9 min. With Bunker Spreckels, Ellie Sylva, Spyder Wills.
This short film explains us the short life of the legend of the surf Bunker Spreckels, stepson of the actor Clark Gable.
of Jarrod Tallman
USA 2009 – 48 min. With Taj Burrow, Andy Irons, Dave Rastovich.
21 years after ‘Filthy Habits’ this sequela arrives, that equates to the first shows us a surf world, with music and dirty habits.
of Andrew Kidman
USA 2009 – 86 min. With Albert Falzon, Jon Frank and Monty Webber.
A Collection of Cinema and Music of 16 original short films inspired by the sea of Jon Frank, Richard Kenvin, Albert Falzon, Patrick Trefz, Michele Lockwood, Monty Webber and Andrew Kidman.
of Jeremy Gosch
The United Kingdom 2009 – 96 min. With Wayne Bartholomew, Ian Cairns, Tom Curren.
In the winter of 1975, in Hawaii, the surf suffered a revolution. A gang of Australians risked and created a culture, an industry and a sport that in the actuality cost trillion dollars.
of Joel Conroy
Ireland 2008 – 80 min. With Cillian Murphy, Kelly Slater, Richard Fitzgerald.
The never explained history of the implausible Irish roots of the phenomenon of the surf all over the world.
of Chris Malloy
EE. UU. 2008 – 44 m. With Wayne Rabbit Bartholomew, Kelly Slater, Andy Irons, Tom Curren, Mark Occhilupo, Mick Fanning.
Explores the technical side and the ambitious character of the most competitive individuals of the surf and his impulse to jump the limits in search of the success. Filmed in 16 mm, the most influential modern surfers explain histories on his best tables, the others surfers, the storms and the waves.
of Jeff Hornbaker, Don King and Sonny Miller
USA 2008 – 49 min. With, Dave Kalama, Gerry López, Rob Machado.
A trip in a ship with some of the most influential surfers of our time through the Indian Ocean.
of Jason Baffa and Mark Jeremias
Japan 2007 – 96 min. With Joel Tudor, Chris Malloy, Alex Knost, Tyler Warren, Jimmy Gambo.
Filmed in 16mm, examines the subtle differences that make California as the only place for the surf, through a visual trip by the Californian coasts of the leading surfers.
of Doug Pray
USA 2007 – 93 min.
The inspiring and tumultuous history of the Dr Dorian ‘Doc’ Paskowitz, a surfer of 85 years, defender of the health and a guru of the sex; of his wife Juliette; and of his 9 children.
Fueled: Big Wave Surf Documentary
of Curt Myers and Eric Nelson
Australia 2007 – DVD 90 min.
A trip around the world with the best surfers and his spectacular figures on the bigger and dangerous waves.
of Matt Goodman
USA 2006 – 109 min. With Brian Conley, Aaron Cormican, Nathan Fletcher…
The different forms to understand and face the surf of the leading surfers.
- Sipping Jetstreams: An Adventure in Taylor Steele and Dustin Humphrey life
USA – 2006. With Dan Malloy, Ozzie Wright, Timmy Curran, Mike Losness, Kalani Robb, Shane Dorian and Kelly Slater.
Video and book of surf with a photographic trip of discovery and adventure of 2 years from the markets and Marrakech “zocos” to the blue of the Atlantic in Barbados; of Japan to Cuba, Italy, Hong Kong, and Egypt.
of Jason Baffa
USA 2005 – 110 min. With Tyler Hatzikian, Beau Young, David Kinoshita, Daize Shayne.
A table of surf yellow travels by the world and is mounted by 6 surfers. A long meditation on the value of the exploration, the adventure and the share with the friends.
of Thomas Campbell
USA 2005. With Joel Tudor and Dan Malloy.
After ‘The Seedling ‘, the second surf film of Campbell resulted in the same of elegant and gathered to surfers very diverse. In 2009 it filmed ‘The Present ‘ on the same line ecléctica: Jazz, folk, pop, beach and surf.
of Jimi Berlin
USA 2005 – 233 min. With Ben Aipa, Tom Curren, Shane Dorian.
A documentary on the surf and the local surfers in the coast north of Oahu (Hawaii) in the decade of 1990.
of Chris Malloy
USA 2004. With Tom Curren, Gerry López, CJ Hobgood, Rob Machado and Kelly Slater.
DVD 55 min.
With a big soundtrack of the singer and composer Jack Johnson, shows us beautiful images of surf in several places of all the world: Chile, Hawaii, Mexico, Jamaica, Tahití, Polynesia French, Indonesia…
of Stacy Peralta
USA 2004 – 110 min. With Laird Hamilton, Greg Noll, Jeff Clark, Darrick Doerner, Dave Kalama, Brian L. Keaulana, Titus Kinimaka.
Along the documentary assist to a part of the history of the surf, from his primitive roots in the Polynesia, going through his discovery and renaissance to beginnings of the 20th century, and finish with the moment of his development in the coasts of California in the years 40.
of Jack McCoy
Australia 2004. With Andy Irons, Dave Rastovich, Kelly Slater.
2 years in the best surfers of the world life.
Global to Surf Movie
of Joe Cheshire
EE. UU. 2004. With Cory Lopez, Shea Lopez, Kelly Slater, Andy Irons, Bruce Irons, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson.
Filmed in Europe, United States, Africa and Central America, shows the best surfing of the planet.
of Andrew Kidman
Australia 2004 – 111 min. With Joel Fitzgerald, Derek Hynd, Wayne Lynch
Shows the relations between parents and children in the surroundings of the surf.
The Atlantics: Flight of the Surf Dogs
of Ray Hollowell
Australia 2004 – 56 min. With The Atlantics, Jamie O’Brien, Waikiki Beach Boys.
The Australian band put sound to the surf, accompanying to the spectacular images of this documentary that has the presence of some of the best surfers of the world that make amazing feats on the waves of Hawaii, Kea and Pal.
of Philip Boston
Australia 2003 – 88 min. With Ken Bradshaw Ken Collins, Brian L. Keaulana.
Action and emotion in this documentary that records to the best surfers in a trip around the world in search of the biggest waves that nature can offer.
of Bill Heath
USA 2003 – 26 min. With Ross Clarke-Jones and Carlos Trick.
A history of the improvement and courage of these 2 legends of the surf in the river Amazons.
of Dana Brown
USA 2002. With Taj Burrow, Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama.
A documentary on the surf world with fantastic images.
Strapped: The Origins of Tow-In Surfing
2002 – 28 min.
During years the surfers have seen the enormous waves breaking in the external reefs, but the size, the height and the speed of these waves were too big for teams and technical of surf conventional. In 1992, 8 surfers created ‘Strapped’ with the aim to develop a strategy that allowed them to break with security this barrier. This is the film of this history.
of Jack Johnson
USA 2002 – 40 min. (60′ in the special edition of 2004).
With Kelly Slater, Shane Dorian, Rob Machado – Several champions of surf travel to the coast of Sumatra to look for his beautiful waves and relax of his agitated life of professionals of the surf.
Surf Adventures 1-O of Arthur Fontes.
Brazil 2002 – 90 min – With Carlos Trick, Danilo Grilo, Eraldo Gueiros.
Documentary of the best surfers of Brazil, surfing in the best beaches of the world: Hawaii, Indonesia, Brazil, South Africa and California.
USA 2001 – 120 min. With Aaron Cormican, John Robertson, Cory Shea, Flip Bellinzoni
Shows the lives of those surfers that have not achieved to attain a brilliant career in the world of the surf.
of Bruce Brown
USA 2001 – 71 min.
The second film of the veteran surf cinema producer Bruce Brown, in which a group of surfers travels to Mexico, California and Hawaii to do surfing and live absurd adventures.
of Taylor Steele
USA 2001 – 45 min. With CJ Hobgood, Damien Hobgood, Paul Roach, Dan Malloy, David Rastovich, Mick Fanning, Taj Burrow, Joel Parkinson.
Produced by Taylor Steele, is a surf documentary about the rhythm of music punk-rock, translating us to his first surf documentaries of the 90′.