Netflix may not be the first place you’d think of when it comes to quality surf movies but they’ve really upped their game in recent years.
From carefully crafted documentaries about unsurfed shores to thoughtful dramas, there’s something for everyone.
So let’s drop straight into your next watch with our carefully curated list of the best surf cinema on Netflix.
Beyond: An African Surf Documentary
Beyond: An African Surf Documentary takes viewers on a captivating journey across the coasts of Africa, exploring the unique surfing cultures and untapped potential of the continent.
Spanning Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, and Gambia, the film delves into the lives of local surfers, showcasing their homes, favourite surf spots, and the essence of their surfing lifestyles.
With three months of immersive filming, this 111-minute episodic documentary unveils a continent that stands at the precipice of becoming the next big thing in the world of surfing.
Join the adventure as “Beyond” reveals the raw beauty and undiscovered surf havens that Africa has to offer.
Ritratti di Surf
Ritratti di Surf is an enchanting exploration of the lesser-known Italian surf scene, capturing the essence of surfers, shapers, and artists who are deeply connected to this unique coastal culture.
Originally a web series between 2011 and 2013, the Onde Nostre Crew condensed their captivating episodes into a 70-minute film showcasing Italian surfing.
Through a series of interviews, “Ritratti di Surf” seeks to answer the frequently asked question, “Can you surf in Italy?”
Each episode introduces a diverse range of characters, including Alessandro Ponzanelli, a four-time Italian Longboarding Champion; David Pecchi, an underground hero of Tuscan surf; Oliver Parker, a rising star in longboarding and a close friend of Onde Nostre; Ricky Brotini, a surfer and artist with Tuscany and California intertwined in his soul; Amanda Chinchelli, Elisabetta Dal Bello, and Natalia Resmini, three friends united by their love for surfing despite their separate lives.
From Sardinia to Africa and California to France the whole film oozes the artistic touch of the Onde Nostre crew, who are renowned for their use of 16mm film.
“Ritratti di Surf” has been selected by numerous international film festivals and is a must-watch for anyone who thought the Mediterranean had no waves.
Brilliant Corners: Barbados
Brilliant Corners: Barbados ventures beyond the typical tourist destinations, unveiling the lesser-known parts of the surfing world.
In this episode, Sam embarks on a journey to explore the southeast corner of Barbados with the aim of immersing himself in the authentic Bajan culture that lies beyond the cruise ships and all-inclusive resorts.
Sam heads out for a surf at Surfers Point and Freights where local entrepreneur Zed Layson describes Freights as the perfect wave for beginners.
Against the backdrop of perfect waves, Sam also finds the time to sample local street food and learn about the importance of recycling on the island.
Join Sam on this captivating exploration of Barbados as “Brilliant Corners” uncovers the hidden gems and untold stories of this beautiful island, intertwining the worlds of surfing, culture, and human connection.
Nausicca captivates viewers with a remarkable journey in search of adventure, unexplored shores, and empty waves in the secluded corners of the Mediterranean.
The film embraces the concept of living with almost zero carbon footprint, highlighting the beauty of a simple lifestyle in harmony with nature and most importantly the ocean.
We join the Onde Nostre Crew again as they set sail on boats, retracing the legendary journey of Ulysses.
With a rag-tag group of surfers, sailors, free divers, musicians, and artists, they navigate the vast Mediterranean Sea, uncovering hidden gems and documenting the most untouched seas of this ancient region.
This film invites its audience to embark on a modern Odyssey, a quest for freedom and waves, while also serving as a testament to our profound reverence for the sea.
“Nausicca” is a beautiful ode to the Mediterranean with breathtaking visuals and a soulful narrative, this surf film invites you to embrace the wonders of exploration, igniting a sense of adventure and reverence for the beauty that lies in uncharted waters.
Blue Crush is a step away from thoughtful surf docs to a much more Hollywood feel immersing viewers in the thrilling world of professional female surfers.
The film revolves around the story of Anne Marie, an up-and-coming pro surfer determined to conquer the powerful and sometimes terrifying waves of Hawaii’s legendary North Shore.
Anne Marie, along with her friends Lena and Eden, lives a vibrant life on the island, balancing their passion for surfing with the daily challenges they face.
Blue Crush is not only a movie about incredible surfing but a story of empowerment, determination, and overcoming obstacles.
It showcases the strength and resilience of women in a male-dominated sport striving to reach the highest level of our sport.
Surf’s Up is a delightful animated film about competitive surfing. The movie introduces us to Cody Maverick, a young and ambitious penguin with dreams of becoming the world’s best surfer.
Hailing from Shiverpool, Antarctica, Cody sets off on an epic journey to Pen Gu Island, where the renowned Big Z Memorial Surf Off event is held (serious similarities to Hawaai and the Eddie Aikau Invitational here!).
Cody faces thrilling challenges, forms new friendships, and discovers the true meaning of perseverance and courage.
With humorous antics and heartfelt moments, Surf’s Up captures the spirit of following one’s dreams in a truly enjoyable way.
With a lighthearted storyline this one is enjoyable for audiences of all ages so get ready to surf with penguins as you join Cody on his quest to conquer the surfing world.