Hollywood’s always trying to get surfing movies right, but it’s pretty rare that they actually do. This results in a few movies that miss the mark so badly that they turn into something almost better than a good movie: a movie that’s so bad it’s great. In honor of some of those movies, here are seven actors who not only grace the silver screen, but surf as well.

1. Sean Penn

Sean Penn, fresh out of Mr. Hand's class. Photo: Shutterstock

Sean Penn, fresh out of Mr. Hand’s class. Photo: Shutterstock


The Inertia

Yes, it’s true. Spicoli surfs. Thank God, right? Born in Santa Monica, California, Penn’s character in Fast Times almost single-handedly threw a stereotype rug over the heads of surfers around the world. Reports of movie about the Paskowitz family have been floating around for a few years now, and they’re saying that Penn may be cast as Doc. Fingers crossed.

Extra: He was married to Madonna, so that’s pretty cool.

2. Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, porta-potty windsurfer. Photo: Shutterstock

Tom Hanks, porta-potty windsurfer. Photo: Shutterstock

You know all those movies about surfing that suck? Tom Hanks does too. He’s been pushing for a decent big-wave film for a long time. Although he didn’t surf in Castaway, he kind of windsurfed when he used that portable toilet as a mast to escape the island.

Extra: He’s been a friend of Bruce Springsteen since they were kids. Anyone who’s been friends with the boss has to be pretty dang boss himself.

3. Owen Wilson

Owen Spicoli. Photo: Shutterstock

Owen Spicoli. Photo: Shutterstock

Of course he does. He hangs out with Jack Johnson, has blond hair, and talks like he’s stoned all the time. There aren’t too many people that personify Sean Penn’s Spicoli better than Owen Wilson. A few years ago, he took a fin to the head, opening up a wound big enough to warrant 24 stitches.

Extra: He was in both The Cable Guy and Anaconda, and he still has some semblance of a reputation as an actor. How amazing is that?

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  • Stu Azole

    I saw Hanks and Woody Harrelson out somewhere in LA together once. It was comical. Full suit, boots and glove (on Woody). In October. I’m not sure either one surfs any better than Cameron Diaz (notably absent from the list despite Slater’s lessons).

  • Jimmy the Saint

    Just because these actors say they surf it doesn’t mean they can, though I’m sure Paul Walker is a real surfer from what he said in some interview I read of him ages ago, and Sean Penn discusses riding 6 ft Pipe in Iconoclasts with Jon krakeur, but as for the others, can they really surf? I’m not talking doing advanced moves like airs here. I guess what I am trying to say are these actors surfers are or they people who on occasion surf?

  • Jeff Stoutenger

    you missed Scott Caan

  • simeon bogdanov

    Gerard Butler should be on this list too.