There are so many better surf films out there than this. I love surfing but this film just left me cold. If your idea of a great surf movie is 45 minutes of different bits of surfing footage without any storyline accompanied by a wholly uninspiring and unsympathetic soundtrack, then check this film out.
Some of the waves surfed in this film are dramatic; I am pretty sure one of them is Teahupoo in Tahiti, a wave to equal almost any in the world in ferocity and the drastic consequences of a wipeout on it. Unfortunately there is no indication either in the film or in the credits where any of the footage was shot, which is a shame and also an unneccessary omission.
But please, surfing is an adrenaline sport and whilst, with the exception of the (maybe) Teahupoo footage, the waves surfed in this movie are not particularly big, this movie fails to capture any of the dynamism and excitement that is an integral part of surfing. This is despite the fact that many of the world's best surfers feature in it! Because there is no storyline or dialogue, the soundtrack dominates the aural part of the experience and the soundtrack is just awful. It is soporific mush. What you experience with your ears is completely at odds with what you see with your eyes. There is no synergy between the two whatsoever.
If you are desperate to add to your surf movie collection, then this one is watchable, just. If you want to be more selective, then any of the Endless Summer trilogy or Billabong Odyssey would be a far better choice.
And if you only want to buy one surf movie, then it has to be Step Into Liquid, which is a million miles better than this one.
In fact, if you want to buy ten surf movies, buy one copy of Step Into Liquid and watch it ten times!