Sports movies have been around for a long time. They offer us the tales of sportsmen/women who go through periods of struggle and setbacks, only to make them stronger and push them to their limits. The best sports stories are the ones of rise and fall, victory and defeat, a tale where personal and professional adversities are overcome to achieve success. Now each country makes sports movies on games that are popular among their populace. And there is no need to exaggerate how popular surfing is in the United States and Canada. And as the sport started catching the fancy of California natives, it started getting more representation in Ameican culture and movies.
This had begun with the publication of the Gidget novel series and subsequent movies made based on it, the first being ‘Gidget’ (1959). The beach, the sun, and surfing became one of the most sought-after experiences for the Americans. ‘Beach Party’ (1963), ‘Beach Blanket Bingo’ (1965) and other such movies became a huge sensation the 1960s. Surf culture also influenced music to such an extent that an entire sub-genre of rock music called ‘surf music’ came into being with the Beach Boys probably being the most iconic representation of it. With all that said now, here’s the list of really good surfing movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
5. Rip Tide (2017)
The industry of modeling is tough and the competition to survive in this world is really massive. Any small mistake can cause a career to tumble, and this is exactly what happens to the lead character in the movie, Cora Hamilton. The character of Cora is played by Debbie Ryan, whom we know from the show, ‘The Suite Life on Deck’ (2008-2011). Ryan also acted in the 2012 movie ‘Radio Rebel’. Coming back to the movie, Cora is a teenage model living in New York with her family. The competition there is really difficult, and Cora’s mother tries very hard to see her daughter succeed by trying to get her a deal with an influential agency in the business. While working a photoshoot, Cora has some disagreement with the director and while leaving the place, she tumbles down a staircase, a video of which becomes viral. To avoid the unwanted attention, Cora moves for a while to Australia, where she goes surfing her aunt Margot. They enjoy their time with each other while both aunt and niece come to terms with problems in their lives.
4. SPF-18 (2017)
Life in Malibu is fun for Penny Cooper and her family. They enjoy the beach and the life surrounding it. Penny is also in love with a school heartthrob. Things are going well surfing on the ocean and attending surfing competitions when Johnny Sanders, Penny’s crush, loses his father. After his father passes away, Johnny confides in Penny, and the two slowly fall in love. However, tensions arise when a new guy arrives in the town. He is a country musician, and Penny starts having feelings for him as well. How this confusion is resolved becomes the central aspect of the film. The character of Penny is portrayed by Carson Meyer as Noah Centineoplays the part of Sanders. The movie is narrated by the legendary Academy Award winner Goldie Hawn. Keanu Reeves and Pamela Anderson have made guest appearances in this movie.