Migliori Documentari sul Surf

Friends of Boa Onda Guesthouse Peniche today’s post is dedicated to all surfing fans and those who belong to the surfing culture. After presenting you with a selection of the best surfing films, in this article we will instead discover which are the best surfing documentaries in order to expand our selection and offer the interested public a greater focus on different aspects of surfing. Enjoy your reading.


Which are the best surfing documentaries

Below you will find a list of some of the best surf documentaries. As you can see from the dates indicated next to each name, a large part of the selection belongs to the 2000s, which you can see from the quality of the images when watching these films.

  1. “Riding Giants” (2004)
  2. “The Endless Summer” (1966)
  3. “Step into Liquid” (2003)
  4. “Momentum Generation” (2018)
  5. “100 Foot Wawe” (2021)
  6. “Bustin’ Down the Door” (2008)
  7. “Surfwise” (2007)
  8. “180° South” (2010)
  9. “Wild and Free” (2015)
  10. “The Westsiders” (1999)
  11. “Castles in the Sky” (2015)



Top 3 best surfing documentaries

Riding Giants

“Riding Giants” is a 2004 American documentary film directed by Stacy Peralta. The film tells the story of big wave surfing, from its humble beginnings in Hawaii to its evolution into a global phenomenon. The film features interviews and footage of some of the most legendary surfers of all time, including Greg Noll, Laird Hamilton and Jeff Clark. The film takes a deep dive into the surfing culture and lifestyle, exploring the thrill of riding huge waves and the sacrifices surfers make to pursue their passion.

“Riding Giants” also delves into the evolution of surfboard design, the development of surf culture and the impact of surfing on the world. The film is considered a classic of the genre and a tribute to the sport and its pioneers.

The Endless Summer

“The Endless Summer” is a 1966 American documentary film directed by Bruce Brown. The film follows two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, as they travel the world in search of the perfect wave and the ultimate surfing experience. The film shows their adventures in Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii, where they encounter new cultures, people and surf spots. “The Endless Summer” is considered a classic of the surfing genre and a timeless tribute to the sport and its spirit of adventure.

The film is known for its laid-back, casual style and iconic surfing shots, which capture the beauty and excitement of riding the waves. The film had a major influence on surfing culture and helped popularise the sport in the 1960s and beyond.


Step into Liquid

‘Step into Liquid’ is a 2003 American documentary film directed by Dana Brown. The film explores the world of surfing and shows the different cultures and communities that have embraced the sport. The film features surfers from all over the world, including Hawaii, California, Florida and Ireland, who share their passion for surfing and their experiences of riding the waves. ‘Step into Liquid’ offers a unique and engaging look at the surfing lifestyle and its various subcultures, including big wave surfing, longboarding and tow-in surfing.

The film is known for its stunning surf footage and its inspiring message about the power of the ocean and the transformative experience of surfing. ‘Step into Liquid’ is considered a classic of the surfing genre and a tribute to the sport and its many facets.



Hoping to have provided some useful information on the best surfing documentaries, we invite you to provide us with useful suggestions to update this list over time. Also, if you would like to visit us in Portugal we would be happy to introduce you to our surf school as well as yoga classes in Peniche.

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Until next time and have fun in Portugal!

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