A middling surfing movie refuses to budge from the Netflix most-watched list

A forgotten Australian surfing movie has somehow managed to keep riding the waves of Netflix success all week long.

It’s difficult to truly label the surfing movie as a subgenre in its own right, if only for the fact that almost every feature film that focuses on boards, waves and bros largely couldn’t be more different from each other.

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Whether we’re talking the action-packed Point Break, the animated family favorite Surf’s Up, the light and frothy Blue Crush, biographical drama Chasing Mavericks, inspiring true story Soul Surfer or any of the rest, it’s a little disingenuous to lump them all together.


However, 2013’s largely forgotten Australian effort Drift does hit all of the beats you’d expect from a surfing tale, even if a 32% Rotten Tomatoes score makes it clear that we’re not talking about a classic. Myles Pollard and Xavier Samuel are a pair of low-level drug dealers that fall foul of their local community after starting a business selling surfwear equipment, before they end up playing a huge part in the cultural movement that exploded into life in the 1970s.

Inspired by true stories and real events without being a genuine dramatization, Drift has spent the last seven days riding the crest of success on the Netflix most-watched list, as per FlixPatrol, so it’s clearly hit a nerve with those who possess an affinity for the ocean.

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