Summer has arrived and it’s time for another round-up of great sport flick classics. The beaches are beckoning and the Best of Surf is the theme of this collection. If you can’t make it to the shore, surf’s up at home. So queue up the DVDs and get ready to paddle out, drop in and ride those waves! As always, click the image for a preview trailer.
Let’s lead it off with “Five Summer Stories”, heralded as one of the finest surf movies ever made. This classic features all the great surfers from the 70’s like Gerry Lopez, Shaun Tomson, Jeff Hakman, Corky Carroll and Margo Oberg. Filmed against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the Nixon years, the movie portrays a young, outlaw sport at a strategic point in its creative evolution.
From acclaimed director Stacy Peralta of “DogTown and Z-Boys” fame, comes “Riding Giants”, a multi-generational look at the intrepid surfers who have dedicated themselves to challenging the biggest waves on the planet. The movie features such pioneers and legends as Greg Noll, among the first who dared to enter Hawaii’s big surf in the late 1950s; Jeff Clark, who discovered the massive waves of Mavericks near San Francisco; and Laird Hamilton, considered by many to be the best big wave rider of all time.
Another 70’s classic, this fast paced, action packed film features such surf icons as Gerry Lopez, Larry Bertlemann, Eddie Aikau, Rabbit Bartholomew, Jeff Hakman, Mark Richard and Shaun Tomson, as well as DogTown skateboarders Tony Alva and Jay Adams. The movie is beautifully photographed at the famed breaks in Hawaii, California, and Australia.
Directed by Katheryn Bigelow, this kinda cheesy but fun, action-packed surf flick stars Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey and Lori Petty. Reeves plays a hotshot cop who goes undercover as a surfer to investigate a series of bank robberies being orchestrated by a zen-master surfer played by Patrick Swayze and his gang of surfer bandits. Great surfing, skydiving and totally entertaining!
“The Endless Summer ” is a seminal classic and arguably the most famous surf movie of all time. Directed by the legendary Bruce Brown, the film follows two surfers on a trip around the world that takes them to Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii in pursuit of new surf spots and the summer that never ends.
From Dana Brown, son of Bruce Brown, comes “Step Into Liquid” and his 21st-century look at the sport. Like his father, he captures amazing surfing and personal stories in some of the most exotic and surprising locations in the world, but utilizes modern cinemagraphic technology to bring the audience right into the waves.
This good fun surf flick is set in Hawaii’s North Shore and stars Kate Bosworth as a talented surfer trying to regain her championship form after a near-drowning. Blue Crush has all the fun elements of a perfect summer movie with cute boys and girls, friendships and romance, failure and triumph, mixed with spectacular surfing footage.
While there are so many fantastic surf movies, only Big Wednesday stars the incomparable Jan-Michael Vincent, along with William Katt and Gary Busey. Funny and poignant, this coming-of-age drama captures the tumultuous 1960′s with the California surf as the backdrop.