why do surfing movies suck?

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by Jimmy Slade, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. Jimmy Slade

    Jimmy Slade Well-Known Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    why, since the mid eighties, have skateboarding flicks been fun to watch and 95% of surfing movies are not? think about it;


    Animal Chin
    Ban This
    Public Domain
    Welcome to Hell
    Ride the sky
    i could go on and on

    Modern Collective

    Just sayin',


    NJ SPONGIN Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2009
    Riding Giants is good, i think a new surfing moving is coming out soon to.

  3. latedrops

    latedrops Active Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Thicker than water was pretty good. I agree though, most surf flicks are kinda meh if you watch them sober.
  4. Shakagrom

    Shakagrom Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Ultimate Wave Tahiti in 3D sounds like its gonna be interesting
  5. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Because a lot of surfers take the movie stuff too far. Surf and Skate films are all about the actual action. Dog town and Z boys is like the only interesting skate movie that isnt just sick as$ footage over sick music.... The same equation is what makes a good surf video. Tons of surfing and not a whole lot of talking. Other than the Endless Summer videos, surf movies are mostly lame. Surfers think that they are these big artists and musicians and in tune with the world and all that hippe soul surfer BS. The more they talk and make stories out of surf trips the more lame they get....

    Just stick to TONS of surfing and good music. Minimal talking. Tons of action..... No one wants to hear some stoner hippe surfers babble about riding single fins and the good old days for 2 hours.... Just show me the best surfing out right now and I am happy.
  6. LOSTsoul

    LOSTsoul Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2009
    any sick boogie-boarding movies out there? hahaha j/k who cares!

    MATT JOHNSON Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2009
    You forgot Easter Exposure 3 Under Achievers, Sub Zero Video, and Closure . Those are probally the 3 best Eastcoast Skate vids ever made.


    Patience, The Drifter ( say what you like it was good) Riding Giants , Five Summer Stories, and the start of it all Endless Summer 1

    I just bought Super Slide today for 10 bucks at the mall I heard it was a good longboard vid I will let you all know later tonight
  8. epidemicepic

    epidemicepic Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2008
    i dont care what you ride, but this is hilarious.
  9. njsurfer42

    njsurfer42 Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    good surf films of the last 15 or so years:

    5'5"x19.25" redux
    one california day
    stranger than fiction
    spetember sessions
    searching for tom curren
    kelly slater in black & white
    all down the line

    & those are just the ones i have on my shelf. there are tons of others out there.

    i'm not much for skating, so i can't comment on the quality of skate vids. i'm also not really one for surf vids that only show clips of guys punting or hacks over thrash-punk. i like to see the whole wave, or at least most of it.
  10. capesurfer

    capesurfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    what surf films should model themselves after (only mentioning those which haven't been mentioned yet):

    singlefin yellow
    the present

    it's like surfing porn vs. art, the former containing ****ty music set to guys boosting airs for an hour = boring surf smut.

    give me something aesthetically pleasing with good music. don't wanna hear your 'bros' 'sweet' garage band that sucks set to the same 3 guys doing airs and giving the finger. 'badass'

    MATT JOHNSON Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2009
    I heard The Present was good I still gota get that
  12. brek

    brek Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2008
    i dont know about skate movies...but I really like Teton Gravity Research for snowboarding movies. They made a surf movie too -- Out There -- but it wasnt all that.

    Maybe its cuase im 30....but i get kind of annoyed at movies that hype up the partying over the surfing. I get it. Surfers (or snowboarders) are "cool" and like to get ****ed up, but that has nothing to do with the sport.

    Similarly, the Drive Thru stuff pisses me off sometimes because it is so much about the "personalities." Too often, they will pull up to a spot that's going off and the guys might freak out about how gnarly some right is peeling. Rather than showing us the wave that is causing them to freak out, the camera stays focused on the guys as they freak out about the wave.
  13. somegaveup

    somegaveup Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2008
    I'm with matt johnson on this one eastern exp. 3 and the sub zero videos were outstanding. Also one of the best skate videos in the last 15 years has to be stereo's a visual sound. The best east coast snowboard videos has to be the eastern edge series. Surf videos I m kind of partial to documentry style ie.. far shore, endless summer 1 and 2. My all time favorite surf vids has to be wave warriors 4.

    MATT JOHNSON Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2009
    Yeah if you like them Check out Closeure. Its produced by Dan Wolfe Its a really good video

    here it is Closure
  15. pvjumper05

    pvjumper05 Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    yeah i dont care what everyone thinks of the endless summers, but i can watch them repeatedly. maybe because it makes me so pumped up to ride epic waves, but still i just love the whole aspect. i think them and riding giants make up for the lack of the movies, in my personal opinion. those movies never get old for me
  16. epidemicepic

    epidemicepic Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2008
    dude i've seen both Endless Summer movies soo many times, i lost count years ago. True Epics if there ever were ones.

    Thomas Campbell is also sick, seen a couple of his movies listed above.... and Jack Johnson's "September Sessions" is amazing too.

    Idk what this ass clown is talking about, there are some awesome surf movies of the last decade or so.
  17. Double Over-toe

    Double Over-toe Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2009
    dude bustin down the door was way sick. old schoolers riding sick pipe barrels
  18. njsurfer42

    njsurfer42 Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    the present=meh

    too much hipster/alex knost/alia footage for my taste. alias are cool & all, but i feel like half the movie is dedicated to them. some of the stuff in that film is undoubtedly amazing tho.

    litmus is still the single best surf fim of the last 15+ years, tho. w/out that one, there would be no moonshine conspiracy, no thomas campbell, etc...the footage of curren & wayne lynch alone earn it the top spot. add in the joel fitzgerald segment & it blows the doors off of everything else.
  19. terra-firma intolerant

    terra-firma intolerant Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2008
    In my opinion, if surf movie doesn't have section of heaving, spitting barrels, and guys charging them, it's not worth watching. I'd watch epic barrels over epic airs anyday, although in Modern Collective, those airs where fricken insane! But I can't stand watching little foot-high flicks, I'd rather see power gouges.
  20. Lanticsurf

    Lanticsurf Well-Known Member

    Nov 11, 2009
    Sipping Jetsreams

    Is dark fall ever coming out?