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Bruce Brown filming The Endless Summer in 1966. Photo: endlesssummersurfcamp.com

Everyone loves to watch a short-but-sweet tropical surf edit, but what if you're looking for something more substantial to watch?

There's dozens of surf movies out there to entertain yourself with on a flat day, from classics like The Endless Summer, to cheese fests (Point Break, we're looking at you...) to bad Hollywood takes like Blue Crush and Chasing Mavericks.

We've put together five surf movies you can watch online for free. Hells yeah! Well, almost all of them are free. This is by no means the very best surf films out there, but they make for some good free watching.

So, grab a beer, hit full screen and kick back with these epic movies...

[part title="The Endless Summer"]


If you haven't already watched The Endless Summer, what the hell have you been doing all this time?

This 1966 Bruce Brown classic charts the journey of Mike Hynson and Robert August as they cross the globe searching for the perfect wave - from California over to the west coast of Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and more.

This beautifully shot colour film shows everything from totally deserted African breaks to the bustling beaches of Australia, all ridden in true Californian style. Mix that in with Bruce Brown's hilariously old-school and at times spectacularly politically incorrect commentary and you're on to a winner.

[part title="Step Into Liquid"]


Step Into Liquid was made in 2003 by Bruce Brown's son, Dana, and makes an excellent watch if you're looking for some surf inspo this weekend.

The 90-minute film dips in and out of surf cultures around the world. It dispels myths and delves into the stories behind real surfers – from big wave hunters crashing down a 60ft giant 100 miles off the coast of California to tiny kids making their first pop-up on a foam board.

Brown takes you to places  you didn’t think surf even existed. Take Texas, for example, where avid riders chase oil tankers to catch their wake and score a two-mile ride.

[part title="North of the Sun"]


Two Norwegian filmmakers head to deep into the Arctic Circle to spend a winter surfing waves on a deserted beach in near-total darkness while living in a house made out of driftwood and rubbish.

You've just got to watch the trailer for North of the Sun (above) to see why this has been one of the most raved about surf films to come out of the past year. It's won numerous adventure film awards already, plus all 105 Vimeo reviewers gave it 5 out of 5 stars. So that's gotta say something.

It does cost $4.99 to watch. I know, I know... but these guys have got to make a living somehow. Plus that's only £2.96 in English mulah, so basically less than a pint. Now you've no reason not to give it a shot.

[part title="Discovering Mavericks"]


Unlike the cheesy Hollywood flick Chasing Mavericks, Discovering Mavericks delves into the real story behind one of the most dangerous breaks in the world.

As one surfer notes, "any wipeout at Mavericks can be your last". The fact that the film is dedicated to seven surfers who've lost their lives there just goes to prove the point.

Discovering Mavericks takes a closer look at the history behind the wave and the pioneers that took it on at a time when it was commonly believed California didn't have any big waves.

It's well worth a watch if you've got a spare hour and fifteen.

[part title="Down The Barrel"]

If you're new to professional surfing, then Down The Barrel is one for you. It follows the lives of pro surfers Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson, Rob Machado and Kalani Robb as they follow the ASP World Tour and take on the likes of Pipeline and Teahupoo.

Needless to say, it's very well shot and went on to win Surfer Magazine’s Best Cinematography Award in 2007.

Anyone who already follows the surfing scene will probably find this is a bit of a rehash of everything they already know. But if you're a newb to the circuit, then make sure you check it out.

Watch it by clicking on the image above.