Watersports Movies on DVD
Catch a wave--80 of them, in fact--as you travel the globe to visit some of the world's hottest and most exotic surfing spots. Watch and be amazed as Ken Bradshaw, Adam D'Esposito, Jamie O'Brien, Kelly Slater, and other chairmen of the board as they take on the biggest and baddest waves at Hawaii, Fiji, Bali, and more. 60 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; bonus footage; photo gallery; trailer; more.
It's perhaps the most intense--and dangerous--aquatic sport: freediving, where a person goes as far down underwater as possible on a single breath. Go into the deep with champion freediver William Trubridge in this remarkable documentary, as the New Zealander attempts to break his own world record and plunge over 390 feet into Dean's Blue Hole in the Bahamas. 51 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; photo gallery; trailer; more.
In the winter of 1975, a group of South African and Australian surfers gathered in Hawaii to catch some waves--making history along the way. This fascinating documentary examines how such wave-riding pioneers as Wayne Bartholomew, Ian Cairns, Tom Curren, and Mark Richards helped bring surfing out of the underground and into the mainstream. Narrated by Edward Norton. 95 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; deleted scenes; featurettes; interviews; photo gallery; theatrical trailers.
If you've ever dreamt of catching the perfect wave, check out this documentary from ESPN that examines why surfing has captured the hearts and minds of millions across the globe. As such extreme athletes as Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Joel Parkinson, and Kalani Robb show off their skills, you'll see why waveriding isn't just a sport--it's a state of mind. 100 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English.
Surfing enthusiasts know Echo Beach as a mecca for the community--the Orange County destination where, in the 1980s, a wave of entrepreneurship crashed the culture with the emergence of innovative companies like Quicksilver, Rip Curl, Wave Tools, and other organizations. This documentary profiles the growth of a unique style and attitude that heated up the sands of a surfer's paradise. Narrated by Mark McGrath. 52 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; audio commentary; bonus footage; outtakes; more.
In the tradition of "Endless Summer" comes this fun surfing documentary that follows a trio of pros around the world to profile their amazing wave experiences. Claude Codgen, Mary Lou McGinnis, and Bob Purvey hop from Portugal to Tokyo to Hawaii armed with their boards to hang ten and shred the wildest waters. It all culminates in some of the most incredible surf footage ever lensed from the beaches of Sunset and Waimea. 80 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; theatrical trailer.
Since its inception in 1991, southern California's annual H20 Winter Classic has featured snowboarders and surfers facing off against each other. Relive the excitement from the 2003 competition in this action-packed program. Along with intense footage from the fearless athletes, you'll also experience what it takes to become an extreme champion. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
No wonder the Triple Crown surfing competition off the North Shore of Oahu starts at Halloween...those waves are scary! This documentary program by acclaimed filmmaker Dana Brown follows pro surfers such as Andy Irons, Kelly Slater, Malik Joyeux, young Jon Jon Florence, and others as they attack the "7 Mile Miracle" over the course of the grueling two-month competition. 95 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; interviews; theatrical trailer.
Inspired by his life-changing experience participating in the Transpacific Yacht Race from California to Hawaii, Roy Disney acted as co-executive producer for this thrill-packed documentary about the renowned competition. The film follows 15 Disney-sponsored rookie sailors as they train for the 2,500-mile Transpac journey, each hoping to ultimately vanquish their more professional rivals. 98 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; featurettes.
The largest waves ever recorded--some approaching 49 feet--were still not imposing enough to scare off some of the world's top surfers, who risked their lives to encounter these natural monsters in January of 1998. This episode of "Nature" features exhilarating and extreme footage of surfers testing their limits against these magnificent and record-breaking waves at Oahu and explores the science behind surfing and storm-watching. 60 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
In the late 1930s, before there were surf shops or wet suits, a small group of college students took some homemade boards out on the waters along Santa Cruz, California. There, they inspired local youths to join them, and together, formed the famed Santa Cruz Surfing Club. This absorbing documentary profiles these early surfers, exploring how they transformed a tiny beach town into America's "Surf City." 80 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
In Peru, surfing is a way of life and waveriders are hailed as national heroes. Highlighted by breathtaking surf action, this documentary explores the country's love for hitting the waves. Along with a trip to Machu Picchu, the program includes footage of Randy Bonds, Jesse Colombo, seven-time Peruvian national champion Magoo de la Rosa, Mark Healey, Sofia Mulanovich, Jamie Sterling, and others. 75 min. Soundtrack: English; bonus footage; music video; photo gallery; trailers.
Skateboarder-turned-filmmaker Stacy Peralta ("Dogtown and Z-Boys") presents this fascinating documentary examining the origins of surfing and the sport's contributions to pop culture. Along with a look at how waveriding went from underground pastime to a multi-million-dollar industry, you'll also learn about the lure of the water from a variety of surfing's biggest icons, including Kelly Slater, Dave Kalama, Jeff Clark, Laird Hamilton, and others. 101 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, French; audio commentary; deleted scenes; more.
Dana Brown, son of Bruce Brown of "The Endless Summer" fame, directed and narrates this astonishing look at the dangerous and exhilarating world of surfing and champion surfers. The film follows the daring wave riders around the world, from California and Hawaii to such unlikely spots as Texas and Michigan. Awesome photography captures the thrills and spills they encounter. 87 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, Spanish; deleted scenes; outtakes; featurettes; DVD-ROM content; more. Two-disc set.
World Surfing Champion Joel Tudor takes you to the hottest beaches and traces the revival of classic longboarding plus archival footage. Standard; Soundtrack: English stereo; interviews; music video; scene access.
Birthing huge swells in the waters of the North Pacific, a massive and violent storm is eagerly anticipated by the surfers who hope to brave those intimidating waves. This exhilarating program affords these athletes the opportunity to share their obsession with the sport, as well as a platform for marine forecasters to explain how these natural wonders take shape. 51 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; bonus footage; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.
The landmark surfing documentary from Bruce Brown follows two surf bums around the globe, from Africa to Australia to Tahiti, on a quest for the "perfect wave." Witness incredible footage of the world's highest, wildest loopers, crests, and pipelines. 92 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; featurettes; biographies; art gallery. Two-disc set.
This sequel to the classic surf odyssey features wave-chasers Pat O'Connell and Robert "Wingnut" Weaver searching for the wildest rides in Alaska, France, Fiji, Java, South Africa, Bali and Australia. The original's director, Bruce Brown, captures spectacular surf footage in some of the world's most exotic places. 100 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; biographies; featurette; "making of" documentary.
Hang 10 with this retrospective of 1966s "The Endless Summer" as filmmaker Bruce Brown and his son Dana continue the quest for the perfect wave while showcasing never-before-seen footage from the original film. 70 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby stereo; biographies; interviews.
Thrilling documentary follows a group of professional surfers--including Travis Potter, Brian Conley, Micah Byrne, and more--on a physical, mental, and spiritual journey around the globe in a constant search for unexplored beaches and unconquered waves. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
Is Steve Fisher nuts? You might reasonably wonder if the famous kayaker has taken leave of his senses once you learn how he plans to tame the "Smoke That Thunders," also known as the Victoria Falls in southern Africa. Join Fisher in this thrilling program as he returns to the Zambezi River to undertake his most treacherous adventure ever. 90 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
Five-disc set includes "Slippery When Wet," "Surf Crazy," "Surfin' Shorts," "Barefoot Adventure," "Surfing Hollow Days," "Waterlogged," "The Endless Summer," and "The Endless Summer II."
Experience the thrill of riding the most challenging and beautiful waves off the coast of Teahupo'o alongside surfing champions Kelly Slater and Raimana Van Bastolaer in this stunning program originally exhibited in the IMAX format. While tackling the mammoth surf, you'll also pick up fascinating historical facts and lore about Tahiti and the islander culture. 45 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; featurettes; theatrical trailers.
An assortment of the world's best surfers is featured in this thrill-packed fundraiser for ailing waverider Jason Bogle. Hit the beach with a fearless bunch of athletic greats, including Taylor Steele, Jack McCoy, Bill Ballard, Josh Landan, Sonny Miller, Larry Haynes, and others as they brave the surf and try to help out their friend. With music by Hot Hot Heat, Godsmack, Powderfinger, and more. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
You go, surfer girl! Featuring exciting footage from California, Hawaii, and Mexico, this documentary celebrates women's surfing with scene after scene of thrilling action on the waves. Viewers will see pros Linda Benson, Ashley Lloyd, and Kim Mearig take to the water, and hear fascinating insights from the ladies who have defined the sport in candid interviews. 60 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.
Inspired by a journey he had taken with a pro surfer at the age of 14, documentary filmmaker Bryan Jennings follows young competitors Luke and Tyler around the world to locations in France, Hawaii, Indonesia, Peru, South Africa, and elsewhere, recording their experiences meeting world-champion surfer Tom Curren, as well as enlightening encounters with shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton and other luminaries of the surfing circuit. 76 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai; featurettes.
Revered as the first modern surfer, Irish-Hawaiian George Freeth introduced the sport to the U.S. West Coast in the early 20th century. In this riveting documentary, explore the life of this legendary waterman and the Irish roots of surfing, and watch as renowned surfers like Kelly Slater visit Ireland to conquer the waters that once inspired Freeth. 80 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; interviews; outtakes; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.
Musicians Ben Harper and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter narrate this unique documentary that explores the role of black men in the sport of surfing. Through the personal stories of various black surfers who dealt with segregation and racism to eventually triumph in the sport, as well as a look at history through their eyes, a portrait of racial transcendence is presented. Interviews with Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, and Sal Masakela are featured. 78 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.