It looks like it's going to rain this weekend, so we are bringing you a selection of our favorite surf movies in case you don't plan to leave the couch!
1. View from a Blue Moon (2005): It was the first surf movie ever filmed in 4K. This documentary film shows us how John Florence and his friends from the North Shore of Oahu travel the world surfing from continent to continent. Why do we love it? For the incredible images and soundtrack that perfectly frame John Florence's maneuvers in the water.
2. The Endless Summer: (1966) Filmmaker and storyteller Bruce Brown follows the surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, on a surf trip around the world. Despite the mild climate of their native California, the cold ocean currents make the local beaches inhospitable during the winter, hence they venture to the coasts of Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria. and South Africa looking for new places to surf and introduce locals to the sport. Why do we love it? With more than 50 years, The Endless Summer has become a legend in the world of surf. We love the fact that it brings us closer to the beginnings of surfing with so many similarities but also differences to the current surf industry.
3. Under the artic sky (2017): This documentary film describes the experiences of six surfers who, along with adventure photographer Chris Burkard and filmmaker Ben Welland, go in search of unknown waves in the remote fjords of Iceland's Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. All of them experience the brutality of the Icelandic winter and begin to question whether it is worth risking their lives to go in search of the unknown. Why do we love it? Because it shows us an unknown reality of surfing, the sub-zero surf sessions, the polar cold and the incredible images of unknown fronzen waves.
4. Surf Girls Jamaica (2019): This mini documentary focuses on Imani Wilmot, a Jamaican surfer who uses sport as a way of transforming the harsh lives of women around her, in Kingston and surrounding areas. "I have dedicated my life to empowering women through surfing to make them see that they can opt for a better life," says Imani. Why do we love it? Because it shows us how surfing is not only a sport, but also a tool of empowerment, a way of creating community and a reason to smile despite the harsh reality of the Jamaican women.
5. Unstoppable: (2018) It is the last film by Bethany Hamilton, who already surprised us with Soul Surfer telling the story of how losing her arm in her adolescence did not stop her from reaching the top of surfing. Unstoppable tells the full story of Bethany from childhood to motherhood - the ups and downs, the good times and her powerful energy to become one of the most charismatic pro surfers of all time against all odds. Why do we love it? Simply because we love Bethany, her energy, her determination and most of all we admire her as a surfer. Long live to the surfer girls!
6. Given (2016) This documentary is based on the story of a family in search of the best waves around the world in a surfing adventure through fifteen countries. A very inspiring story, told through the eyes of a child like a fable. Why do we love it? Because it gives us the opportunity to open our horizons and better understand a lifestyle that bases its happiness on minimalist details and simplicity. Because it helps us travel from the screen with fantastic photographic plans.
7. Out in the lineup (2014): Two gay surfers come together to discover the taboo of homosexuality in surfing. Together they embark on a global journey to speak to people from all corners of the surfing community about an aspect of surf culture that has remained hidden until now. As their journey unfolds, they discover a culture of fear, secrecy, and exclusion, but are inspired to make a difference by connecting people, sparking discussion, and observing the sport's core values of freedom of spirit and love of the ocean. Why do we love it? Because homosexuality and surfing rarely mix and it is time to promote a change in the standards of the sport.
8. Castles in the sky: This Taylor Steele production mixes travel, waves and culture. It is a completely a new approach to the world of surfing. Filmed in five countries in three years. The film delves into the true heart of the towns, with never-before-seen waves, an original soundtrack and some of the best surfers in the world such as Jordy Smith, Dane Reynolds, Rob Machado and Dave Rastovich contribute to making it the closest experience. to be the pioneers in discovering new spots without getting on a plane. Why do we love it? Because it is not your typical surf movie, in which you only talk about surfing. This documentary shows us the world at the same time, highly recommended.
9. A primeira Ola (2002): This documentary of the history of surfing in Galicia, made for television in 2002, tries to explain what role the sport plays in our community and how the first Galician surfers lived it. Why do we love it? Because it narrates the beginnings of surfing in our country, Spain, and many of the beaches that appear are just a few minutes from the location of our next Surf & Yoga Retreat, Flowing North. Haven't you book your spot yet? You can do it now here.
10. Blue Crush (2002): This youth film is based on the article Life's Swell by Susan Orlean published in Outside magazine. The film tells the story of three friends who share a passion: living the ultimate dream of becoming surfers on the famous North Shore in Hawaii. Why do we love it? Because it was always our favorite childhood movie, maybe the reason why we started surfing and because it shows us the incredible landscapes of our beloved island: Hawaii.