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Friday 1 November 2013, 15:48

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

I recently contributed to a ’Surfposium’ in Cornwall and it set me thinking about the best surfing scenes in non-surfing movies. Here are my top five - some a bit controversial. But what are yours?

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    Comment number 1.

    It's Die Another Day. I'm a massive James Bond fan and I admit this movie is...gnah...problematic in one or two, or even three...possibly more places...but the opening pre-title surfing scene is very well done. First one, then two then three surfers. Are they the baddies? Is one of them 007? It's all kept mysterious but the waves are huge, the tension is there and to cap it all off they're wearing camouflaged wetsuits. So that's the one good surfing scene in the movie. Best not to mention the later parasurfing scene.

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    From the 'So bad it's bad' category, Legolas surfing down the stairs on a shield in The Two Towers. Two words, 'no' and 'need'.

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    Comment number 3.

    Batman and Robin surf the roof of Gothan in 'Batman and Robin' the best bit of the worse Batman movie ever. It fun, its ridiculous, its so Adam West 1960s.

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    Comment number 4.

    Nobody mentioning the final scene in Point Break?

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    Comment number 5.

    Not the final scene of Point Break but the night time surfing scene. Great atmosphere and well shot. Worst surfing scene....? Would Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker "surfing" down the lava at the end of Star Wars 6 count. As my husband said, "That would never happen!" (Never mind the rest of the movie!)


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