Bingeworthy Surf Movies on Netflix
Netflix is now very much part of our everyday entertainment and while the world is dealing with global pandemics and lockdowns it might be a good time to squeeze in a favourite Netflix surf pick so I’ve put together a list of surf films on offer and the countries (regions) they are available in.
We know in some parts of the world it’s summer (or winter swell) and ideal conditions for surfing but for the rest of us, as the nights draw in and we can’t surf due to various circumstances we can look to recreate a little of that feeling through watching surf films.
There aren’t tons surf movies on Netflix and they aren’t always available for long but we’ve trawled through and picked out the best currently on offer.
So grab a yourself a comfy seat, a beer and get ready to binge on some blue water action to keep your spirits high.
1. Resurface (2017)
Resurface is a short documentary about a suicidal war veteran who finds like-minded souls in a surf therapy program that helps traumatized soldiers heal while riding the waves.
Ages: Recommended for ages 16 and up
2. Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)
This is definitely one for the bucket list if you haven’t watched it already. This documentary focuses on California’s Z-Boys, who revolutionized skateboarding in the 1970s when they brought surfing techniques into the sport of skateboarding.
Ages: Parental guidance suggested. May not be suitable for children.
3. Magnetic (2018)
Magnetic is one of the longer films so get ready for it. Attracted to thrills across the globe, intrepid athletes venture to remote locations in pursuit of their extreme form of bliss.
It follows extreme sports athletes from a various disciplines including kitesurfing, speed riding, skiing and snowboarding and more, who travel the world in search of the ultimate conditions.
Ages: Recommended for ages 13 and up
4. Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2019)
This documentary follows story of Hawaiian Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm as a teen from a shark attack. The story is a testament to her will power, adaptability and passion for the ocean and leads on to her making waves in pro surfing and her personal life.
Ages: some thematic elements
5. Soul Surfer (2011)
As above this older film follows Hawaiian teen Bethany Hamilton as she bravely returns to competitive surfing after losing her left arm in a vicious shark attack.
Ages: Parental guidance; general viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children
6. Solo (2018)
Based on a true story, in a remote area of the Canary Islands, a surfer falls off a cliff. While battling the ensuing sea conditions and fighting to survive, he has flashbacks on his life and past romance.
Ages:Recommended for ages 13 and up
7. Rip Tide (2017)
Not a documentary but a teen flick surf related film, Rip Tide follows a New York model who decides to escape from her suffocating existence by visiting a faraway aunt in Australia.
Ages: Allowed for all audiences.
8. A Plastic Ocean (2016)
As surfers we are highly aware of the environmental impact of human life on our oceans. This film will help maintain that awareness and respect for our oceans as this documentary filmmaker investigates plastic pollution’s environmental impacts.
Ages: Mild themes and coarse language
I hope you enjoy this bingeworthy list of films that we have collated and hope it provides some inspiration for those days when you can’t get out on the water.
As an alternative to Netflix I’d suggest checking out RedBull Media (if available in your region) for more surf and extreme sports films.
uNoGS (unofficial Netflix online Global Search) allows anyone to search the global Netflix catalog and see what films are available in each region.
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