Since it’s summer, my Netflix selections often go to simple shows. At this point, my brain is shut off, and I want something that will entertain me. I can save shows that will make me think for the winter months. For now, I just want to see people do summery things.
Long fascinated with big waves, and the mighty destruction that they can cause, I have watched my share of surf shows. It is pretty entertaining, and seeing people wipe out on massive swells is terrifying.
This lead me to Storm Surfers, a show about a couple of Australian surf legends that have created a small team to help them track and surf the biggest storms of the Australian winter. They are looking to ride some of the biggest waves, or the heaviest pipes, that they can find.
I’ll make this review pretty simple, because the premise of the show is pretty simple. At only a few episodes, this one is digested easily, but offers some pretty decent entertainment.
The characters are both very likable. They have been surfing together, and best friends, for 25 years, and one of the best parts of the show is them sniping at one another like an old married couple. They are entertaining, and you don’t mind investing some time into watching their stories.
The show itself is pretty formulaic. Nerdy guy with the fancy computers sees a storm coming on some part of the continent. The guys, nearing 50-years old and worn down after decades of abuse from surfing, discuss their ailments. Then they quickly pack and head down to whichever part of Australia the storm is coming to. The storm will probably produce the biggest waves of the season (every storm seems to do this). We rarely see this kind of storm. The guys get there, weather threatens their chances to surf, and it is always extremely dangerous. They could die. Then they surf.
The idea is simple, but it works. Getting to see these guys surf some pretty dangerous waves is fun, even though we always know that they are going to be okay.
Since they are older, they are using high end technology to help them out, and since it is winter, they are always surfing in cold conditions. This sort of takes away the idea of surfing as this beach bum, laid-back lifestyle, but it still works. The old guys still give it their best shot, whenever their bodies will permit them to. Along the way, they meet up with other famous surfers, and often meet with locals to get the lay of the land, so to speak, on the area that they are surfing during that episode.
In the end, there are other films, or shows, that demonstrate some bigger wave riding. These guys aren’t chasing 50-footers, but they are looking for good pipe waves. They get some impressive, and frightening ones, but they are more in the 12-foot range.
If you are looking for some time to kill, and like watching a couple of humorous older people surfing, then Storm Surfers is the right ticket. Worth the watch.