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Here’s Why Surf Movies Are Like Adult Movies

It's not what you think.

After binging on all episodes of Game of Thrones, True Blood, Louie, and Homeland, what’s left?

I know, stream a surfing movie!

This is when I realized that surfing movies are like adult films.
You are sitting there, looking for something to do, maybe you’re on a beach vacation.

Solution: Watch a surf movie.

Back to my comparison.
Follow me through this one.

You pick the movie based on the movie cover or title.

The names are always suggestive:

  • Big Blue
  • Blue Crush
  • Riding Giants
  • A Girl’s Surf Addiction
  • Headfirst
  • Step Into Liquid…

Go ahead, fill in your own blanks here:

  • __________________
  • __________________
  • __________________
  • __________________


Watching goes a little something like this:

  • The movie begins
  • There’s some sort of plot
  • You give it a minute to see where things are going.
  • Next, you decide to stop wasting your time and “get to the good stuff.”
  • Fast forward past about fifteen minutes of pointless dialogue by witless people who are all in brutally better shape than you’ll ever be.

…but you get the point.

Let's set the scene:

  • They are on a yacht
  • In Indonesia
  • with several other, similarly fit studs, a handful of gorgeous women, and, of course, a camera crew.
  • They are about to do things that are great fun to watch but are things you’ll probably never actually do in your lifetime.
  • At least you won't do them in the same way…

Oh, wait, there’s a, bit of slow motion!

You push play, but it’s a teaser to keep you interested.
It only lasts a few seconds.

More fast forwarding.

When you do finally get to the good stuff…

  • There’s a lot of repetition.
  • The filming is grainy.
  • The edits are choppy.
  • The music leaves a lot to be desired.
  • and the angles don’t quite capture that perfect angle you were hoping for.

Here’s what you’ll see

  • Crazy drop–ins,
  • Made from insane positions
  • Guys going deep in the barrel
  • Lots of spray
  • Some wide bottom turns
  • and a general, tearing things up
  • Just think about it…

Sounds great right!

So why

So why are both of these movies generally disappointing?

I suggest that, even though every effort is made to bring the viewer into the scene, it’s just not us.

The only way to really, truly enjoy either is to get out there and try it yourself.

You have to get out there and do it.

Looking to try?

If you are looking to try surfing for the first time, or looking for surfing equipment because you’re a pro, there are great surf shops in Clearwater Beach, FL and they are right near Sand Key, FL.

Clearwater Surf Shop Directory

Here’s our comprehensive directory of surf shops in Clearwater Beach, FL., right near Sand Key Beach.
Some of these shops are tee shirt shops but we’ve tried to rule these out and stick to real surf shops.

Maui Nix Surf Shop

642 S Gulfview Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33767
Just over Sand Key Bridge, bordering on Clearwater Pass.
Maui Nix features windsurfing and skateboarding but also sells surfboards.

Surf Style on Mandalay Ave

This Surf Style location features a Flowrider indoor wave riding experience.
442 Mandalay Ave
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Cousin of the Cocoa Beach original
377 Mandalay Ave
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Nekton Surf Shop

Home of surf champions, Corey Lopez and Shea Lopez
1313 Gulf Blvd
Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785

Take a look at our sister sites for more surf shops near Sunset Beach and in the South part of the Tampa Bay Beaches.

Surf Report

It’s crazy, but…
The Gulf of Mexico does get surf! However timing is everything.
To hit it right, you will also need a good surf forecast.
Here’s the best surf forecast in the St. Pete Beach area.
Gulfster is a local favorite with a local surf picture of the day and a wave-o-meter.
Visit Gulfster

Surf Cam

And new to the surf scene in St. Petersburg, FL., is the Sunset Beach Surf Cam.

Check out the Sunset Beach Surf Cam

Get off your computer and go find some waves!


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