Parents' Guide to

Chasing Waves

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

A visually stunning dive into competitive surf culture.

Chasing Waves poster

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is a visually stunning and emotionally powerful docu-series that delves into the world of surf culture. Chasing Waves follows the inspiring stories of up-and-coming surfers in Japan, Hawaii, and California striving to make the first Japanese Olympic surfing team. A study in contrasts, the series presents a fascinating look at the different ways to live, work, and breathe surfing. The lens zooms in on the grueling amount of preparation involved in competition at the highest level, alongside the romance of a nomadic existence in search of the perfect wave, and the value in both.

Also interwoven into the narrative are stories of first and second generation immigrants and themes exploring assimilation, bullying, and media pressure. Overall, Chasing Waves is a must-watch for surf enthusiasts, as well as for anyone interested in the human stories behind the sport.

TV Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate