Surf Movies to Get You in the Aloha Spirit

A sport with humble beginnings that’s grown to be one of the world’s most awe-inspiring and dangerous feats of athleticism, surfing has undeniable appeal. It can be considered a workout, a relaxing summer activity, or a thrill seeking adventure. Below we have put together a list of surf movies that illustrate the allure of wave riding and a culture that inspired Poke Bros. After watching one of these, you’ll surely be craving fresh, Hawaiian poké! 

Endless Summer (1966)

Bruce Brown’s iconic surf documentary takes young West Coast surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August on a ’round-the-world search for the perfect wave. They visit Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, Senegal, Ghana, and South Africa. The footage perfectly captures the adventure of the sport. 

Riding Giants (2004)

Part sports history, part thrill ride, skateboarder Stacy Peralta’s documentary pays homage to the brave, foolish surfers who dare ride the world’s biggest waves. Peralta lays out the evolution of big-wave surfing from the ’50s to today, touching upon changing trends and the constant search for ever larger waves. Then he shifts his focus to a handful of contemporary surfing superstars, among them Jeff Clark, pioneer of San Francisco’s remote waves, and Laird Hamilton, known for tow-in riding.

North Shore (1987)

Arizona surfer Rick Kane tries his luck as a pro on the North Shore of O’ahu in this fun-loving ’80s surf flick. He pisses off the pros, falls in love with a local and finds friends who eventually help him see the fun and spiritual side of surfing. This film perfectly portrays all of the North Shore Tropes and leaves you ready to drop your nine to five for a career in pro-surfing.  

Point Break (1991)

With a plotline revolving around bank robbers, surf adventures and skydiving, you’ll be sure to get into the thrill-seeking spirit with this one. The movie begins with bizarre bank robberies in Southern California, with the crooks donning masks of various former presidents, and a federal agent, Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves). This is the inspiration behind our signature bowl, the “Johnny Utah”. 

Blue Crush (2002)

Blue Crush contains gorgeous visuals—from stunning scenery to heart-stopping surf shots. We love that this film has a strong female cast and portrays the unjust struggles women face in sports. Overall, it tells the story of three friends who have one passion: living the ultimate dream of surfing on Hawaii’s famed North Shore.


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