The Best Surf Movies of all times

Get in the Surfing Holiday Mood with these epic Surf Movies!

We’ve had six epic surf holiday weeks in our Moliets surf camps already and can’t wait for high season to bring about more sunset surfs, beach yoga, hammock chilling time and fun in the sunshine. Bliss!

But, wait! Not all of us have been as fortunate as to join us for their surfing holidays during the early surf camp season. Some of us are still slaving away in badly air-conditioned offices, starring at screens rather than watching sunsets and waves. WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN ABOUT YOU, GUYS!

To sooth your summer surfing blues, we have put together a list of our favourite surf movies!

The Endless Summer (1966)
A Surf Camp Classic

They call The Endless Summer the ultimate surfing adventure, crossing the globe in search of the perfect wave. From the uncharted waters of West Africa, to the shark-filled seas of Australia, to the tropical paradise of Tahiti and beyond, these California surfers accomplish in a few months what most people never do in a lifetime… They live their dream. Director Bruce Brown creates a film so powerful it has become a timeless masterpiece that continues to capture the imagination of every new generation. When it first played in theatres, audiences lined up to see it again and again, spellbound by its thrilling excitement and awesome photography. But in fact, what’s most compelling about the film is the sport of surfing itself, and once you’ve seen it, you’ll never forget why. (Photo Courtesy of IMDB)

Big Wednesday (1978)
Surfers love this one!

Matt Johnson, Jack Barlow, and Leroy Smith are three young California surfers in the 1960s. At first reveling in the carefree life of beaches, girls, and waves, they eventually must face the fact that the world is changing, becoming more complex, less answerable by simple solutions. Ultimately the Vietnam war interrupts their idyll, leaving them to wonder if they will survive until Big Wednesday, the mythical day when the greatest, cleanest, most transcendent wave of all will come. (Photo Courtesy of IMDB)

Point Break (1991)
Surf Holiday Prep Done!

Thrill-seeking criminals perform a series of daredevil stunts to steal money and gems, only to give it away to the poor and less fortunate. Training for a job with the FBI, young recruit Johnny Utah suspects that only extreme athletes could pull off these heists. Utilizing his own special skills, Utah infiltrates the gang of thieves after befriending their charismatic leader, Bodhi. As Johnny experiences the rush of their lifestyle, his superiors fear that his loyalties are being tested. (Photo Courtesy of IMDB)

Local Boys (2002)
Get Your Surf Camp Fix

In Local Boys, two brothers and their surfing buddies face new challenges and adventures over the course of a memorable summer. Rebellious Randy Dobson and his sensitive younger brother, Skeet, spend most of their summer vacation surfing at the beach while their widowed mother, Jessica, works long hours to support the family. Randy grows close with a girl named Samantha but lands in trouble with a jealous gang leader. Jessica’s new boyfriend gradually becomes a source of comfort for Randy – and distress for Skeet. (Photo Courtesy of IMDB)

Single Fin: Yellow (2005)
Surfers like it Chilled

We really liked the concept of Single Fin: Yellow. Man builds a surfboard which he then ships it off to a friend with a simple note stating, “Enjoy it!” Friend then ships it to another friend, and so it goes. Over the course of the film the board heads to Australia, Hawaii, and Japan to name a few destinations. ‘Yellow’ was shaped by Tyler Hatzikian to be a vintage noserider, something that you wouldn’t normally find on shop racks. The dimensions were taken from a board that his father had shaped and it speaks of earlier generations, and a time when surfing was more about the journey and friendships than sponsorship and contests. The board itself sets the tone for the whole film as a quest for the true sprit of surfing that has been largely lost through years of commercialisation. Each surfer describes their own surfing journey, their take on longboarding, the spirit that drives them to surf, and their experience with ‘yellow.’ The common thread of the yellow longboard was the starting point for each of their perspectives. (Photo Courtesy of IMDB)

Surf's Up (2007)
Perfect Family Surf Holiday Entertainment

Surf’s Up is a behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick. Surfing means everything to teenage penguin Cody Maverick. Followed by a documentary film crew, he leaves his home in Antarctica for Pen Gu Island, site of the the Big Z Memorial Surf Off. Cody wants to be respected and admired, and he believes that winning the competition will bring him what he craves. However, an encounter with washed-up surfer Geek teaches Cody about what is truly important. (Photo Courtesy of IMDB)

Soul Surfer (2011)
A Surf Camp Favourite!

In Soul Surfer, teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack. A natural talent in the sport of surfing, teenager Bethany Hamilton loses an arm in a shark attack. Bolstered by the love of her parents and refusing to give up, she plans to return to competition, although questions about her future continue to trouble her. Upon seeing the devastation in Thailand caused by the 2004 tsunami, Bethany discovers a greater purpose: to make a difference in the lives of others. (Photo Courtesy of IMDB)

The Shallows (2016)
Surf Camp Thriller Alert

Still reeling from the loss of her mother, medical student Nancy Adams travels to a secluded beach for some much-needed solace. Despite the danger of surfing alone, Nancy decides to soak up the sun and hit the waves. Suddenly, a great white shark attacks, forcing her to swim to a giant rock for safety. Left injured and stranded 200 yards from shore, the frightened young woman must fight for her life as the deadly predator circles her in its feeding ground. The Shallows gets our taut thriller alert. (Photo Courtesy of IMDB)