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The Green Life: 4 Surf-Filled Films

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February 28, 2014

4 Surf-Filled Films


If the weather is keeping you indoors, and you’re dreaming of a trip to the shore, be glad that the internet is there to whisk you away to sunny beaches with perfect waves. Check out these four surf-themed documentaries to find an escape right now.

Lakey Peterson: Zero to 100 (2013) This film follows the life of young surfing star Lakey Peterson during the lead up to the 2012 U.S. Open. The ethereal cinematography contrasts with the high intensity montages of competitions. Meditative pauses between tournaments highlight Peterson’s youth and philanthropic endeavors, like working with Hands4Others.

White Wash (2011) This movie expertly presents the contributions of black surfers within the history of the sport. Traversing racial issues within America, the documentary makes visible a crucial perspective to this pastime. 

Charlie Don’t Surf (2012) Following three wheelchair-bound men, the overarching story is one of hope and the inclusiveness of athletics. Despite spinal cord injuries, the men are able to take part in extreme sports and inspire others to never give up. The film features the Ocean Healing Group, which specializes in adaptive sports, and its efforts to use water activities to create a supportive community.

Dark side of the Lens (2010) This six-minute short film is a visual escape into the tides. The award-winning cinematography mixes with the lyrical narration of Mickey Smith to form a multi-media poem about the sea and surf.


-- topimage Screencap from Lakey Peterson: Zero to 100


Bianca Hernandez is an editorial intern at Sierra. She recently received her MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Southern California and has written for various publications.



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