The Best Surfing Movies You Can’t Miss

Sports have always had a captive audience among movie lovers.   Boys and girls who by practicing the sport of their choice make a place for themselves in the world and gain great fame, are many of the products coming out of Hollywood.

Surfing could not be a sport apart from this trend and filmmakers have brought to the cinema screens the adventures and misadventures of surfers and surfers, as well as the life of the fans and followers of this attractive sport.

Now we will see some of the best movies about surfing, which from our famara surf school we usually recommend to all the public interested in this fun and attractive genre.

Let’s go to the movies…!

Chasing Mavericks


This 2012 film, which many described as a documentary rather than a commercial film, tells the story of surfer Jay Moriarity, born in 1978 in Georgia, United States.

The film tells how Jay managed to surf Mavericks, one of the highest waves in the world when he was only 16 years old. Mavericks waves can be between 12 and 18 meters.

This feat was achieved with the advice and company of his coach, legend Frosty Hesson, who prepared and trained him to overcome the difficulties of Mavericks.

The film emphasizes the close friendship formed between Jay and Frosty as a result of the hard and exhausting hours of work and training prior to the conquest of Mavericks.

Its main characters are Gerard Butler as Frosty Hesson and Jonny Weston as Jay Moriarity.

Soul Surfer


This film is based on the true story of surfer Bethany Hamilton, who manages to return to riding waves after overcoming a shark attack that literally rips her left arm off.

It is a story of personal growth and inspiration, as Bethany was attacked by the shark at the age of thirteen.

The film focuses on all the events after the attack and the events until she manages to surf again.

Anna Sophia Robb is in charge of bringing Bethany to life in this 2011 film.

Riding Giants

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More than a film, Riding Giants is a documentary filmed in 2004 whose plot is dedicated to the search for the origins of surfing as a sport, paying special attention to the art of riding the big waves.

Featured surfers participating in the film are Greg Noll, Laird Hamilton and Jeff Clark as well as the veteran and pioneer of the sport of wave riding, Mickey Muñoz.



This 2013 film is focused on telling us the life of a couple of brothers, Andy and Jimmy, who in the seventies lived in a coastal town and whose passion was surfing.

It tries to tell the life of these boys with their dramas and experiences; it is a film with good images and a lot of good rock from the time in which the story is set.

Point Break

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Point Break is a 1991 film, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze.

It tells the story of a policeman, who decides to enter the world of surfing chasing a gang of thieves. It was one of those classic films for all audiences in the nineties.

The Endless Summer

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This film, made in 1964, shows the style and way of life of those who practice surfing; the sportsmen who travel around the world in search of the best waves to conquer them.

Originally it was a film for lovers, fans and surfers that thanks to its acceptance had to be put in 35 mm format to be available for all audiences in movie theaters.

Surf’s Up

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This is a 2007 computer-animated film made in a partnership between Finnish and American filmmakers.

It tells the story of a penguin who begins his journey through the world of surfing, accompanied by a film crew that follows him from the moment he leaves his home until he goes to a professional competition for the first time.

The Big Wednesday

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With this film made in 1978, the stereotype of Hollywood surfers was established. It is the story of three friends, each one with a very marked personality, whose life takes place during the sixties.

Their points of union are their passions: Surfing and women. You can still hear comments from this tape.

In God’s Hands

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This film was filmed in 1999; it tells the adventures of three friends who go around the world looking for the best waves to surf.

However, the adventure is disrupted by a tragic accident that although it hurts and damages, it doesn’t prevent the two survivors from continuing the search for the giant wave to pay homage to the deceased.

Other Recommended Surfing Films

  • Proximity (2017)
  • Inaippu (2017)
  • Península Mitre (2016)
  • View From a Blue Moon (Desde la Luna Azul) (2013)
  • Distance Between Dreams (2017)


Finally, we can tell you that if you are a surfer or still in the learning phase, in our school we offer the famara surf camps that will provide you with everything you need to learn, develop and enjoy this sport. Remember that you can visit our web surfcanarias and get information, and if you have any questions please contact us through our phone or mail.