When Reese Witherspoon isn’t busy turning best-selling books into movies, like “Where the Crawdads Sing”, she’s bringing the competitive world of surfing right into our living rooms. With her latest docuseries, Reese really seems to have her finger on the pulse of what is up and coming in the competitive world of surfing. In the latest from Reese’s production company, “Hello Sunshine”, comes a four-part docuseries about surf girls in Hawai’i. We’re talking real surf girls on the actual beaches of beautiful Hawai’i. Everything about this series is real; from the sand to the surf to the surfers and their friendships.
There is a lot on the line as these women go up against not only big waves but the strong competition of the other surfers, all while carrying the pressure of representing their Hawaiian heritage. All of the women featured in this docuseries are Indigenous Hawaiians who represent a whole new generation of Native Hawaiian female surfers. In the world of competitive surfing for Wahine, native Hawaiian women, these four women are proudly representing their culture.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a feel-good movie about a bunch of cool girl surfers, it was 21 years ago, to be exact. We all remember the movie “Blue Crush”, which featured three friends pursuing their dream of surfing in Hawai’i. In Reese Witherspoon’s “Surf Girls” reality series, we watch that same dream as it is pursued and realized by these five native Hawaiian female surfers who allow us to tag along while they face all of the challenges and drama of the surfing competition world.
This straight-to-Prime Video docu-series follows five young surfing stars competing for a spot on the WSL (World Surf League) Championship Tour. Viewers will get to tag along as Moana Jones Wong, Ewe Wong, Maluhia Kinimaka, Pua DeSoto, and Brianna Cope train and compete against each other for the coveted spot on this prestigious team. The series also features the beautiful landscape that is the beaches of Hawaii.
Without giving away any spoilers, the plot twist here is that, although they’re friends they’re also in tough competition against one another, which will surely lead to drama; it wouldn’t be a reality docu-series without it.
In a recent interview, three of the young women expressed their excitement for the release of the series and shared that they are anxiously awaiting to see how their stories will be told. They, of course, experience what happened but are eager to see how their stories will be presented to the audience through the editing process. It would appear that the girls remain friends after enduring intense competition against one another and other competitors, but we will tune in to watch all four parts of the docu-series, to be sure.
All of this attention is sure to catapult the world of female surfing into the mainstream. Be sure to catch these real-life Blue Crush surfers on Prime Video starting July 18th.