How does Hollywood perceive surfing?

September 3, 2014 | Surfing
Hollywood surfing: Matthew McConaughey eyeing a perfect barrel

How does the film industry portray the stereotypical surfer? Take a look at the surfing world through the eyes of Hollywood movies.

The motion picture industry loves commonplaces, formulas and conventions. But how does the entertainment industry see surfing and surfers? A bunch of blonde-haired beach bums with standard catchphrases in their brains?

Hollywood has been using surfing stunts and surf stars in a wide variety of movies, especially since the 1960s. Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Matthew McConaughey, Keanu Reeves and Gerard Butler have hit the surf with cameras rolling with major success.

"Apocalypse Now", "Surf's Up", "Point Break", "Rocket Power", "Surfer Dude", "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", "Fantastic Four", "Soul Surfer", "Chasing Mavericks", "Lilo And Stitch", "Fast Times At Ridgemont High", "Lords Of Dogtown", "North Shore", and "Blue Crush" are only a few examples of memorable depictions of surfing in the Hollywood movie scene.

If all surf movies were produced in Hollywood, the concept of surf culture would inevitably lack richness of spirit. Do you work in a major motion-picture company? Find inspiration for your upcoming blockbuster in the most comprehensive list of surfing quotes.

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