With the world facing one of the biggest crisis we can remember, it’s our time as citizens to protect each other and keep calmed until the storm goes away and we can enjoy the clear skies once again. 

Now since many of us are going to have to stay locked at home for the next few days/weeks, we’ve thought it could be of great help to make a little selection with some of our favorite Surf Movies and share them with you so the time spent at home doesn’t feel too heavy. 

The list doesn’t follow any particular order since they all are great pieces of art. 

We hope you enjoy the following flicks as much as we did.

Stay positive. Much love, 

YOW team

THE ENDLESS SUMMER

We would never start a Surf Movie list with a movie other than The Endless Summer (1966) by Bruce Brown. This is the godfather of surf movies, the one that defined the genre and a piece of art itself. The beginning of a surf revolution. 

SURFING HOLLOW DAYS

Bruce Brown work meant a before and after in the Surf industry. The Endless Summer quickly became the first surf movie to be seen by the mainstream making the sport widely popular in USA and soon enough in the rest of the world. But before all of this, Bruce also became the first person to document Pipeline being surfed. Surfing Hollow Days (1961) shows Phil Edwards riding crystalline eight-foot waves at Banzai Beach, before becoming the most legendary wave in the world.

BELLA VITA

Film maker Jason Baffa along with a host of pro-surfers such as Chris Del Moro and Dave Rastovich, old friends, new friends, family and wave lovers embarked on a trip to Italy to make a documentary film on an emerging and unique surf culture in a country without amazingly consistent waves.

PSYCHIC MIGRATIONS

Eighteen of the world’s best surfers, some of the best surf breaks and the sublime cinematography courtesy of Ryan Thomas mixed all together with an incredible music selection results in one of the most mind-blowing surf movies we’ve seen till the date.

VIEW FROM A BLUE MOON

Possibly one of the most spectacular surf movie ever made. View From a Blue Moon follows the world’s most dynamic surfer John Florence and his closest friends from his home on the North Shore of Oahu to his favorite surfing destinations around the globe. From the dreamy blue perfection of the South Pacific to the darkest uncharted waters of Africa (and everywhere in between), Florence faces a broad spectrum of emotions as he continues to seal his legacy as one of the most gifted surfers ever.

KAI NEVILLE

There’s many surf directors that deserve to be named in this list, but for us, Kai Neville’s work is one of the most vanguardist of the last two decades with absolute mind-blowing titles like Modern Collective, Dear Suburbia,, Lost Atlas or Cluster. Movies that have marked many generations now with a unique style and an eclectic cast of surfers. 

MODERN COLLECTIVE

LOST ATLAS

DEAR SUBURBIA

CLUSTER

THE QUIETER YOU ARE, THE MORE YOU CAN HEAR

Unlike the rest of featured movies from Kai Neville, « The Quieter You Are, The More You Can Hear » starrs just one surfer, but when your only subject is Craig Anderson, you know that nothing can go wrong. 

Recorded over an 18 months period around the glove, « The Quieter You Are, The More You Can Hear » will keep your breath during the next 20 minutes. 

THE CHURCH OF THE OPEN SKY

« The Church of the open sky » is a luscious visual love poem that explores gratefully lived surfing journeys. It is a sea soaked celebration of the exquisite preciousness of being alive.

ZONE FREQUENCY

Jack Coleman is well known for portraying the alternative surfing scene in a very unique and experimental way. His movies aren’t made for the average viewer: they don’t follow any established rule nor try to please anyone and that’s why we love them.

Coleman’s films are usually more experimental than this, which, depending on your tastes, can sometimes be hard to watch. But for the most part, Coleman tones down the auteur elements in this one, in favor of letting the actual surfing be the art, not the filmmaker’s command of the craft.

THE SOUND OF CHANGE EXPERIENCE

This is the first Rhythm surf documentary brought together by likeminded folks to blend surf, art, music, travel & craftsmanship through various chapters, into one total experience. The film takes you on a journey around the world from Australia’s East Coast to Indonesia, Northern Africa and the famous pointbreaks of central California. Overlay art filters were created in our studio & the original soundtrack was recorded in the Rhythm warehouse by Neal Purchase Jnr & The Brown Byrds plus Alex Wall from the Wax Witches.

BIG WEDNESDAY

A coming-of-age story that bombed at the box office, Big Wednesday has become a cult classic in recent years.
Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, and Gary Busey, comprise a trio of surfing friends seeking to dodge the draft during the Vietnam War, and transition into adulthood in the mid-seventies.

LORDS OF DOGTOWN

Whilst Lords of Dogtown might not include much surf scenes, it is still a title you should watch. The film tells the drastic true story behind three teenage surfers from Venice Beach, California, who took skateboarding to an extreme, changing the world of sports forever. This is the story of Stacy Peralta, Tony Alva and Jay Adams part of the well known Z-boys, a group of strangers that looking for a way to surf outside of the water, started a revolution that took skateboarding to where it is today. 

Can you imagine what would have happened if they would have tried our system back then?