Best Surf Movie List Ever

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rule303 started the topic in Sunday, 13 Jun 2010 at 7:31am

Storm Riders
Crystal voyager only for the echoes scene at the end.
Billabong surf into summer
Surfers of fortune.

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Island Bay Friday, 9 Jul 2021 at 4:12pm
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Here’s a cracker to put away for a viewing over a couple of beers on your weekend. Wipeout at 5:35 is crazy. Some epic pits.

That's a favourite, Blowin. I watch that every month or so to remind myself how pitiful my surfing is. Unreal.

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Island Bay Friday, 9 Jul 2021 at 4:19pm

Where and how to watch Lobotomy?

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willibutler Friday, 9 Jul 2021 at 8:03pm
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Where and how to watch Lobotomy?

Volcom live-streamed it for free last week. For the time being its only available via stab premium I think. could have a free release in a month or so

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Remigogo Friday, 9 Jul 2021 at 8:23pm

Well... a spot has recently been vacated on my top vids shelf and thank you to blowin and udo a PERFECT replacement has been found.

1: Doped Youth
2: Lobotomy
3: Fair bits
4: Lost and running
5: Riding Giants
6: Laird

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Remigogo Friday, 9 Jul 2021 at 8:36pm

and...
7: Surfs Up
8: Chasing Mavericks
9: Sharks Tale
10: Finding Nemo.
...sorry.

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megzee Friday, 9 Jul 2021 at 9:02pm

10.......A stoned surfie dude green turtle, doesn't make "Finding Nemo" a surf movie...
9. Nor does a fish who speaks like Will Smith....
Time to replace em mate....
Morning of the Earth...
Green Iguana

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troppo dichotomy Friday, 9 Jul 2021 at 9:40pm

dOPED Youth is kinda good.scored it from cashies for about 40cents.
crime converters had a deal,10dvd's=$4!
dunno bout it being nmbr1?
not compared to the greatest true story ever told...Slaters special guest star appearance on bay witch,
and lets not forget Duh North shore!
but me new favourite is Psycho beach party,check it out.
does anyone remember Sigmund the Sea monster?

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Remigogo Friday, 9 Jul 2021 at 10:20pm

There are people out there who blame swellnet for increasing numbers in the surf. The nerve of em..

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Remigogo Friday, 9 Jul 2021 at 10:27pm

Correction..
2: Espinas Grandes.

I stand by my bottom half list. Flat day fun.

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udo Saturday, 17 Jul 2021 at 4:00pm

Island Bay

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Island Bay Saturday, 17 Jul 2021 at 6:53pm

Grazie mille!

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Jason Milton Saturday, 11 Sep 2021 at 7:50pm

My top three are:

Endless summer 2
Five summer stories
View from a blue moon - John John Florence film.

These guys put "Innermost limits of pure fun" as their no.2. Not sure I agree with that. https://www.beginnersurfgear.com/the-10-best-surf-movies-ever-made/

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cycd Sunday, 12 Sep 2021 at 7:41am

Searching for Tom Curren
Wanderjahr - margo movie
Surfers of Fortune
Bunyip Dreaming
GLand 97 Pro
My Eyes Wont Dry
Lost Track North Africa part 2

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indo-dreaming Sunday, 12 Sep 2021 at 9:35am

Rubber soul (Rip curl): use to love this had the best soundtrack, Celibate Rifles, Exploding white mice, Ed Keupper etc it was more just the vibe that was a big influence on me (Savage cuts 2 was similar) Oh and then there was off course searching for Tom Curren the J-Bay footage and Bawa footage. (i think it was that movie)

Filthy habits (Billabong): Again amazing soundtrack T.S.OL. Social distortion, the Johnnys etc, great surfing the Occy footage is legendary (Surf into summer also good)

Chris Bystrom movies (Blazing boards, Beyond blazing boards, Freeze frame, son of the last surf movie etc) almost docco style and great insight into east coast OZ surfing, especially the Kirra & burleigh footage.

Wave warriors 3 & 4: very USA vibe but the surfing from Christian fletcher was way ahead of anyone at the time.

Indo express: surfing not so great, soundtrack not so great, but great insight into the east side of Indo, still a few waves on it that rarely get shown anywhere else..

Sarges scrap book series: Again awesome soundtrack, raw footage almost reality TV like, great documentation of what pro surfing was in the 90s

Kelly Slater in Black & White= Level of surfing blew us away when it came, surfing was just so far ahead of anything else. (then latter In Color)

Jack McCoy movies(Bunyip dreaming, Green iguana)= Brought a more quality filmmaker quality to things, again Occys sections were always the highlight.

Taylor Steele (movies) not a huge fan of the soundtracks IMHO the whole so cal punk thing hasn't aged well, and the waves weren't real great a lot of the time ad the vids had little soul, but the level of surfing was very high.

The Hole: Pretty much exposed the world to the Mentawais

September sessions: Great movie featuring the Mentawais with a mellow soundtrack

Young guns 2: Again all about the Mentawai's first footage of Green bush and maybe even Rifles

After that it's all such a blur too many to name, lot of good ones that just came with mags etc

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zenagain Sunday, 12 Sep 2021 at 9:52am

Good summation of vids there Indo.

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indo-dreaming Sunday, 12 Sep 2021 at 10:01am
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Good summation of vids there Indo.

Thanks Zen, I actually thought it was a new thread then after posting realised its an old thread, id even commented in, but luckily i hadn't already done a list.

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san Guine Monday, 13 Sep 2021 at 9:39am

Castles in the Sky, Rastas' surfing in Lakshadweep is sublime and an awesome soundtrack

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Blowin Saturday, 18 Sep 2021 at 2:25pm

I’ve always loved this little section. The pace and cadence of the music, the vibe and the insane technical ability and style of one of the greats. Epic. The off best suits his surfing.

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Island Bay Saturday, 18 Sep 2021 at 6:04pm

Yes, that was good.

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Blowin Sunday, 19 Sep 2021 at 3:50pm

50 seconds of perfection

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indo-dreaming Sunday, 19 Sep 2021 at 4:20pm

Tahiti one is interesting just for the fact you rarely see any other waves from there, looks like a fun little set up.

Gee's boards from that era looks long though.

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simba Sunday, 19 Sep 2021 at 4:45pm

yeah Blowin Ethan channeling AI .............good clip !

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etarip Sunday, 19 Sep 2021 at 5:06pm

That Ethan clip was great. Some solid ones in there - that tube at the end was meaty

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Blowin Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021 at 1:55pm

Look, I realise that this clip is only so important to me because it was on such heavy rotation during some pretty pivotal formative years - think I was 12 or so at the time - but this still has a hold over me. Crazy to think how much this resonated. I still think it’s one of the best songs ever as a result. Even the droning monotone Turpel-esque delivery by Bryson is evocative.

Back then I’d have crawled through a shit filled sewer pipe to see some Occy and Pottz footage. The moment of Occy doing a high line speed run to cutback at 1:10 was rewound dozens and dozens of times. That thing owned me. I’d think about it all the time. I’m not sure what I thought was so radical about it now but back then it seemed to be the pinnacle of ripping.

Geez…..life was simple as a preteen pinner dreaming of surfing like your heroes. I’m sure there was some kind of anxiety in my world then though I sure can’t remember it. I do recall being so tired at the end of each day’s surfing that I could barely function. Who knew a twisty sandwich didn’t provide enough vitamins, minerals and nutrients to last a full day of grom slashing and assorted pinner hi jinx?

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indo-dreaming Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021 at 5:03pm

I really like the Kirra footage from Blazing boards but cant find it online.

This was my favourite part of the movie, its not as good as i remember but still he surfing was ahead of everyone at that time early 80s and still on single fins, just loved the creativity of his surfing, especially the V land surfing from about 40 seconds in

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indo-dreaming Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021 at 5:07pm

From another Bryson movie this was another fav section, he doesn't make much, but just the pushing it as far as he could was inspirational, doesn't seem like much now but Christian Fletcher and Archy blew me away as a grommet and paved the way for modern day surfing.

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stunet Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021 at 5:37pm

Not Bryson, it's Bystrom.

Jeez, you get Joe Turpel's name right and Chris Bystrom's name wrong. Where's the justice?

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Blowin Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021 at 6:11pm

You’re right dammit.

I’ve just reread an old Bill Bryson and committed the gravest sin against the Bystrom legend. Almost typed Bryson again just then.

There was something soothing about Bystrom’s Seppo drawl where Turpel’s is grating. His narration and editing style lived up to the Cali Cruiser trope. Not sure if he was even from California?

Loved his movies - The filming, editing, narration and particularly the music.
I know this has been posted 100 times but fuck….this song and Occy’s air in 1985!!!!!!

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Blowin Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021 at 6:16pm

I remember meeting a fella at G Land once and found out his name was Sloth. After Bystrom’s flicks, meeting Sloth at G Land was like meeting Neil Armstrong on the Moon. If I recall correctly he even invited myself and the missus to come visit him in Queensland if we were ever there. Pretty sure he was a builder? Maybe totally misremembering that part.

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groundswell Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021 at 6:34pm

Blowin i met a guy in 98 who goes by the name of Matt who was dropping in on everybody at scars and supersuck on the shoulder. was on the same boat as me (Purnama Indah) he heard us all bitching about his drop ins and then said in a deep san diego accent " have you guys seen blazing boards? im in that movie, paddling out in the cave at ulus, you guys should check it out! "

We all cacked up laughing at his expense. could be the same guy unless the guy you're talking about could surf. I met him again in 2008 in Krui, well ujung bocur/biha and he didnt paddle out once. he said the waves were crappy compared to telescopes and he went back there....if you're keen traveller and can handle a bit of bike riding there are tonnes of waves in south sumatra that are better than telescopes which in my opinion is a way over rated wave and fickle.Krui left breaks as often as telescopes and doesn't need to be six foot plus to barrel. My secret spots in krui area break almost every morning and can barrel for 6-8 seconds on the right one.no one notices one of them because most waves close out, just watch the indicators and you can tell which direction the set is coming from and go it and knife into a very memorable pit. Matt was a kook though so he couldn't knife to save his life.

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nickca Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021 at 9:01pm

Sorry for the indulgence, in the 70s I can recall filmakers like Hoole/ McCoy and Harry Hodge touring movies like bands travelling the coast along the seaboard. It was sort of an event to go to the Pix theatre in Geelong or a Townhall to see a flick at Torquay on a Sunday night. Hot Lips and Innertubes , Crystal Voyager(highly recommend) (George Greenough)and later Tubular Swells etc. It was a sort of a meeting of the tribes( no disrespect intended ) ie the Bellarine and the Surfcoast. Hopefully the filmakers made some cabbage out of it.You sort of had to look at the dates and wait.I guess it was a time when you would wait for Tracks or Surfing World to read a heat by heat and find out who won a contest….ok boomer!

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groundswell Wednesday, 29 Sep 2021 at 8:18am

Castles in the sky on youtube...get in quick before its deleted.