Point Break And Other Great Surf Movies You Really Need To See

Point Break, a high-adrenaline action thriller featuring stunning surf scenes, is released on Digital HD on May 30 and DVD and Blu-ray on June 13. To celebrate, here’s a list of 10 surf-based movies that are well worth a watch.

The Endless Summer

Documentary film director Bruce Brown has been called the “Godfather of the surf movie”. This 1966 classic is probably his most enduring insight into the wave-riding lifestyle.


North Shore

This feel-good 1987 film follows an ordinary kid from Arizona who moves to Hawaii to pursue his dreams of becoming a pro surfer. Legendary wave-rider Laird Hamilton gives an entertaining performance as his main rival.

Point Break

Directed by future Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow, this 1991 crime thriller starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze has gone on to become a cult classic. Its title is a surfing term for the location where a wave breaks as it hits a sharp mass of land.


Blue Crush

It’s a popcorn flick, but this 2002 drama starring Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez deserves credit for focusing on the female members of the surf community.


Riding Giants

As a professional surfer-turned-documentary director, Stacy Peralta was perfectly placed to make a film about the rise of big-wave surfing. This 2004 effort featuring contributions from surfing pioneers like Greg Noll and Mickey Munoz doesn’t disappoint.

Step Into Liquid

Directed by Bruce Brown’s son Dana, this impressive 2003 surfing documentary features input from a who’s who of modern-day surfing talent including Peter Mel and Keala Kennelly.

Soul Surfer

This 2011 biopic features a rousing central performance from AnnaSophia Robb. She plays Bethany Hamilton, the surfing pro who survived a horrific shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off before returning triumphantly to the sport.

Surf’s Up

This computer-animated comedy is a funny and affectionate parody of great surfing documentaries such as The Endless Summer and Riding Giants. Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges and Zooey Deschanel lead the voice cast.

Chasing Mavericks

In this sympathetic 2012 biopic, Jonny Weston stars as Jay Moriarty, a California teenager who convinces a local surfer to teach him how to ride the epic waves in nearby Mavericks, California.

Point Break

Director Ericson Core’s film isn’t a straight remake, but a dazzling re-imagining featuring high-octane action sequences that take place both on and off the water.

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