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Land locked and wave less and in dire need of a healthy dose of beautiful waves, surf spirit and the ocean? It may be 1000 km to the sea but Mermaids and Whale Bones has you covered with five surf movies better than Blue Crush.
Not every movie is about women surfing but there are gems in their own right either way. One day I’ll shoot that amazing movie about female surfing because let’s face it: there aren’t a lot available right now. There are some amazing short films shot by women about women and I’ll share those in another post, promised.
#1 Step Into Liquid (2003)
While this isn’t a new movie by any means it is one of my all-time favourites. Dana Brown weaves a mesmerizing narrative about surfing around the globe. From 100-foot waves at a sea-mount hundreds off miles off California’s coast to Teahoopoo’s stunning break this movie dives into the meaning of surfing like no other. It tells the story of a search every surfer follows. A search for more than the perfect wave but for a deeper meaning and a spirit that is in danger of slipping away. You can find the full movie on iTunes.
#2 Riding Giants (2004)
Director Stacy Peralta lays down the history of big wave surfing from the 1950’s to today, well 204 that is. Featuring big wave legends like Greg Noll and Laird Hamilton this movie will take your breath away. Riding Giants is about a way of life not many are carved out for. But this movie makes you wonder what it would be like to glide down a 100-foot face with the full might of the sea right on your heels. You can watch Riding Giants on iTunes or Amazon.
#3 Fair Bits
For a mere 30-minute movie Taj Burrow’s Fair Bits is surprisingly versatile. Consisting of a number of short movies featuring fellow pro surfers and in one instance a barely recognizable Ben Stiller this is the ultimate feel good movie. Taj Burrow managed to create an surf movie without too many words but with a perfect ratio of gorgeous wave shots and story. Combine this with a catchy sound track and you’ll find yourself rewatching this gem whenever you need a good laugh. You can find Fair Bits on Taj Burrow’s Vimeo Channel.
#4 Forgiving Pipeline
Forgiving Pipeline is a short but incredibly powerful short film about surf photographer Amber Mozo. This movie isn’t so much a surf movie but the journey of an amazing young woman from Oahu’s North Shore. Losing her father, surf photographer Jon Mozo, to Pipeline at the age of nine she follows in his footsteps of in-water photography at the very same break. This movie is about determination, the love for the ocean and the power of letting go. You can watch “Forgiving Pipeline” on Youtube or below.
#5 Pear Shaped (2017)
Lauren Hill’s Pear Shaped shows women surfing in all its glory. Albeit much too short it discusses a female surfer’s struggles in a world where surfing on Instagram consists of perfectly shaped and made up models, carrying around surfboards in tropical locations. Look at Pear Shaped as the ultimate revenge of female surf culture on itself. It is funny, honest, and just a little bit gross. Pear Shaped is eye-opening and just the surf movie you should watch the next time someone gives you disgusted looks for not having shaved. You can watch “Pear Shaped on YouTube or below.