I did not go see this is the theater thanks to bad critical reviews. Well, paid movie critics, you got this one completely wrong. I felt the entire movie hit just the right tone in every single scene. Gerard Butler is terrific as the surf mentor to Jonny Weston playing famed surfer Jay Moriarity. The actual surf scenes throughout are amazing and shot so well. Kudos for also getting the soundtrack spot-on with a nice mix of the skater/surfer hardcore (Butthole Surfers, Sponge) to the mellower stuff (Mazzy Star) of the late '80s.
The extras are also worth watching with a look at the life of Jay Moriarity (Wiki him, if you want to learn more) as well as interviews with the actual surfers involved in the filming.
From start to finish, this captures life in a typical California beach community and the whole surfer ethos.