Surfing

Dancing in the Dark

Dancing in the Dark

Spencer Frost’s short film is a love letter to the ocean and to nightime, as six surfers explain why they seek the waves off the East coast of Australia in the darkness rather than in the light of day. Best watched in a dark room with headphones on.

Camel Finds Water

Camel Finds Water

Trevor Gordon found an abandoned tiny fishing boat in a field, and reconstructed it in the hopes of using it to find surfing spots. Ian Durkin and his crew chronicled the rebirth of the Camel in an endearing short film that is a sweet tribute to both making and surfing.

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The Physics of Surfing

The Physics of Surfing

If you’re into surfing, you’re actually using your body and mind to take on the interactions between fluid mechanics, tectonic geography, weather patterns, and more. TED-Ed’s Nick Pizzo provides a brief explanation of how these systems of nature work together.

Awayco

Awayco

Awayco is a free service that connects you to a growing number of surf and ski shops around the world. Use Awayco’s website to rent up to five pieces of equipment up to 6 months in advance, so you can travel light. A premium subscription adds insurance and more.

Lift eFoil

Lift eFoil

Take a smooth ride through the waters of Miami, Florida in this beautifully-shot promo video for the Lift eFoil, an electric hydrofoil that lets you glide effortlessly above the surface with no need for wind, waves, or towing. Sadly, it’s only for those with very deep pockets.

Truck Surf Hotel

Truck Surf Hotel

Owned by a pair of avid adventurers and surfers, the Truck Surf Hotel is a mobile truck that has five rooms and expands to a double decker when parked. The hotel offers touring packages to surfing spots and other coastal destinations in southwest Portugal or Morocco.

Pōhaku

Pōhaku

Meet Oahu, Hawaii native Tom Pōhaku Stone, a man whose life led him to handcraft surfboards from native woods. Director Bradley Tangonan’s short documentary is beautifully shot, and tells a captivating story about holding onto our traditions.

La Torche

La Torche

Filmmaker Hugo Manhes provides a unique take on the normally bright sunshine of surf videos, replacing the daylight with nighttime, and flooding the frame with bold hues of yellow, blue, and magenta.

Quiksilver Highline Airlift Vest

Quiksilver Highline Airlift Vest

Quiksilver worked with scuba expert Aqua Lung to create an emergency life vest for surfers. The Highline Airlift Vest has room for four CO2 cartridges, each linked to an easy access pull tab. The vest also has a deflation tab and an oral inflation tube.

Lakey Peterson: Black + White

Lakey Peterson: Black + White

Who here among us doesn’t love the amazingly athletic World Surf League pro Lakey Peterson? You will adore her even more in Aaron Lieber’s black and white clip of her destroying the waves in Central America. She makes it look so easy you know, for a girl and all.

The Dock

The Dock

While hanging out at a surf spot in Bali, Indonesia, Stab Magazine and a group of Volcom surfers decided to tow a 100ft. plastic dock to the sea. We don’t know if it made their day easier, but it seemed to make surfing more fun. And dangerous.

Surfing Nazaré’s Mega Swells

Surfing Nazaré’s Mega Swells

Red Bull presents a mindblowing compilation of footage of daring surfers riding (and wiping out) on some of the incredible waves at Nazaré, Portugal, which can reach heights of 100 feet or more during peak swells.

The Big Wave Project (Trailer)

The Big Wave Project (Trailer)

Tim Bonython’s documentary will take us to some of the best and most dangerous surfing spots in the world as it follows a tight-knit group of big wave surfers who are addicted to the thrill of the sport. Premieres Spring 2017.

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Dronesurfing

Dronesurfing

To demonstrate the lifting power of its Alta 8 aerial photography drone, Freefly Systems used the 8-blade flying machine to tow a surfboarder through the water. He needed a running start, but we’re still impressed.

Sympl Surfboard Bags

Sympl Surfboard Bags

Stylish and heavy duty board bags. The Siesta bag accommodates boards up to 6’1″ in length. The Solitary bag, on the other hand can be adjusted to fit boards between 5’6” to 7′. They have a zipper at the back so you can fit single fin boards without removing the fin.

The Magic of Surfing

The Magic of Surfing

Red Bull showcases the work of videographer and photographer Eric Sterman. An avid surfer himself, the Hawaiian native Sterman was one of the first to realize the potential of drones in professional photography.

Surf Wipeout POV

Surf Wipeout POV

(PG-13: Language) YouTuber Taz Knight shares this intense wipeout from his first attempt at surfing in Mexico’s Puerto Escondido. It looked harmless from afar, but Taz’s perspective turned us into Bill the caveman: when does the hurting stop?

Kelly’s Wave

Kelly’s Wave

For the past ten years, surfing legend Kelly Slater and his team have been working on a system that creates long and sustained open-barrel waves. Now they’re ready to show off what they’ve accomplished.

Surfing at 1000 FPS

Surfing at 1000 FPS

Another stellar slow-motion surfing video from Chris Bryan. The veteran filmmaker and photographer used Phantom’s Flex, Miro M320S and 4K Flex cameras with his custom made underwater housings to shoot these awe-inspiring sequences.

Teahupo’o, Du Ciel

Teahupo’o, Du Ciel

Surfing Magazine’s Eric Sterman and Brent Bielmann took these amazing overhead shots of the legendary surfing spot Teahupo’o. Between the pulse-pounding waves and the breathtaking sights, it really is paradise for surfers.

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Octopus Is Real

Octopus Is Real

Macho Man. Hot Seat. Ministry. Er, Jackie Brown? Editor George Manzanilla evokes the late ’80s in this arresting commercial for California-based surf gear shop Octopus. The surfing scenes were shot on Super 16 at 24fps.

Onean Electric Surfboards

Onean Electric Surfboards

These surfboards pack electric engines that push out a jet of water, allowing surfers to negotiate rivers, channels, lakes and other still bodies of water without the need for waves. The Carver is for fast action, while the Manta is for cruising.

Waveform

Waveform

Surf gear maker O’Neill challenged filmmakers to create surfing videos with a twist. Here’s Stefan Nadelman’s contribution, an eye-popping visualization of waves in a variety of different contexts. Wave is love. Wave is life.

Surfing on Fire

Surfing on Fire

Jamie O’Brien looks like a badass as he surfs the daunting waves of Tahiti’s Teahupo’o, with his wetsuit lit on fire. We suppose if anything went wrong he could just fall down and dowse himself, but then the massive wave might get him.

Air New Zealand: Safety Safari

Air New Zealand: Safety Safari

Now that it’s done with Hobbits, Air New Zealand has found a new way to get passengers to watch their air safety videos – by filling them with beautiful young women and men frolicking on the beach and showing off their surfing skills.

Epic Natural Waterslide

Epic Natural Waterslide

Devin Supertramp and his crew take advantage of a nearly dried up waterfall in New Zealand by turning it into a waterslide. Judging from the (heavily sponsored) behind-the-scenes video, it’s just as fun and as risky as it looks.

Quiksilver True Wetsuits

Quiksilver True Wetsuits

Quiksilver Japan teamed up with ad agency TBWA\HAKUHODO to create the most stylish wetsuit ever – the True Wetsuit perfectly mimics business suits and tuxedos. Sadly, at about $2500, it costs as much as a custom Italian suit.

Foilboarding

Foilboarding

In this clip, surfer Laird Hamilton demonstrates his foilboard, a hydrofoil-equipped surfboard which allows him to surf above the waves rather than in them. It might be as close as you can get to riding a hoverboard.

Surf Guitar, Literally.

Surf Guitar, Literally.

The legendary Dick Dale introduced us to surf guitar music, but surfer and musician Chris Hau seems to have misinterpreted the phrase, instead playing his guitar while wakeboarding. And we can barely walk and chew gum at the same time.

The Coast

The Coast

Threatened with a fatal genetic disease, Hayden Peters turned to the ocean to be reminded that to be alive is to be vulnerable, and that it’s not about how much time you have left, but how alive you were in the time you’re given.

Nazaré Big Wave Surfing

Nazaré Big Wave Surfing

Yeah, there’s a guy in there somewhere. Surftotal shares this video of boulder-balled pros riding monstrous waves off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal. It’s the same area that brought the record-breaking 90ft. wave.

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