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The Camera Steals the Soul, Part 2: Surf in Cinema

Posted by Rick | June 13th, 2011 | Filed under Art, Who We Are

Well, it’s about time we picked this theme back up again: Hollywood’s ability to suck the stoke out of a sport by making a cheesy movie about it. When we first conceived this idea for a blog series, it was winter (a few years ago) and we focused on skiing. Now that summer is almost here and the beaches are filling up again with weekend warriors, it seems like the right time to tackle the surf movie genre.

We picked the first movies that came to mind (we’re sure a few are missing), and the hardest part was determining if the flick was actually good or bad—or so bad it was good. So we came up categories that leave room for interpretation. Click on each title for a totally radical clip!

THE GNARLY
Gidget
Beach Blanket Bingo
Ride the Wild Surf
Point Break
Blue Crush
Blue Crush 2
Blue Juice
In God’s Hands
Surfer, Dude

THE SICK
Surf Nazi’s Must Die
Surf’s Up
The North Shore
Big Wednesday

What are we missing? Let us know in the comments below!

3 Responses to “The Camera Steals the Soul, Part 2: Surf in Cinema”

  • June 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm | eric says

    Hey Nau,

    What’s missing? Quite a bit — but surf movies come in all shapes and sizes, of course. And while any completionist list is long, here’s 10 more to tack to the white board and add to your Netflix queue — if you can round them all up:

    SLIPPERY WHEN WET (1958)
    Dir. Bruce Brown

    PACIFIC VIBRATIONS (1970)
    Dir. John Severson

    MAVERICKS: A DOCUMENTARY FILM (1998)
    Dir. Lili Shad, Grant Washburn

    LOST PROPHETS (2009)
    Dir. Nate Appfel

    NEWCASTLE (2009)
    Dir. Dan Castle

    DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS (2002)
    Dir. Stacy Peralta

    BEING CAPTAIN ZERO (2011)
    Dir. Ama McDonald

    RIDING GIANTS (2005)
    Dir. Stact Peralta

    STEP INTO THE LIQUID (2004)
    Dir. Dana Brown

    180* SOUTH (2010)
    Dir. Chris Malloy

    Hang Ten ;)
    eric

  • June 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Bryon says

    Er, was Blue Crush a surf movie? I though it was a grrl-power coming-of-age story (with mass-market sensibility) played out against a surfing backdrop.

    Blue Crush * Surfing = Eiger Sanction * Alpine Climbing.

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