Let’s face it, surfing ain’t easy. Watching celebrities surfing and falling may be funny until you give it a try yourself and see how tough it is. Everyone who has ever tried to ride a wave can remember their first time. A lot of paddling and awkward moments followed by mouthfuls of seawater and complete exhaustion.
Over the last few years, celebrities have been hitting the surf like crazy in an effort to learn the popular pastime. You know Hollywood, once an A-Lister does something cool, everyone jumps on the bandwagon. How can you blame them? There’s nothing better than a day out in the water! And they definitely seem to be having fun, which is the point right?
One thing’s for sure, it’s definitely refreshing to see the stars with the infamously large egos being humbled in the sea. It appears none of them can get the hang of it. But in all honesty, that brief moment of celebrities surfing in the sun and salt water often brings more awareness to the ocean environment and surfing. These actors, models, and musicians have influences over their huge fan bases and can pass on messages of conservation and water quality issues to people that have never even seen the beach. These same celebrities often appear in celebrity surf contests in Hawaii and Southern California and help raise money for non-profs like the Surfrider Foundation, Mauli Ola Foundation, and many more.
There’s a million images of Rihanna, Jennifer Aniston, or other athletically challenged stars on SUPs in calm bays and waterways, but that’s not surfing. These celebrities pictured below are actually going out in the real surf and trying to catch a wave. They get an A+ for effort, and a big laugh for the results.
Jennifer Garner || Ben Affleck || Matt Damon – Jennifer appears to have a surf guide but still looks concerned (it’s actually Matt Damon’s wife Luciana), while Ben is about to miss the wave as Matt watches on. Photo by gawker.com
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon – The two give it another try without their spouses. Photos by justjared.com
Jennifer Lawrence – Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games wears a fullsuit, booties, and gloves for this cold-water flushing. Photo by Gaz Shirley/PacificCoastNews.com
Woody Harrelson – The fellow Hunger Games star hit the surf in Hawaii, but it appears to have hit him back. Photos by splashnewsonline.com
Helen Hunt – Helen practices for her new movie “Ride.” The film features Hunt following her son out to California who wants to become a surfer. Looks like she’s getting it after a few wipeouts. Photos by splashnewsonline.com and flynetpictures.com
Lindsay Lohan – The infamous Lohan struggled in the surf back when she was a redhead, but the L*Space Fringe One-Piece looked great! Lately she has made it half way as a blonde with this drop-knee approach. Photos via popsugar.com
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. – The couple went for a surf together with Freddie getting a kick out of Sarah’s fear of the waves. Photos via dailystoke.com
Aussie Model/Actresses – Elle Macpherson and Megan Gale – Elle is about to pearl to faceplant, while Megan exits the wave with double shakas! Photos by INCoFame Pictures and heraldsun.com.au
Comedians Cut Loose – Adam Sandler pearls on one attempt, and steps on a banana peel on the second. Jonah Hill finds the stoke in Maui. Photos by and posh24.com and splashnewsonline.com
One Direction – Pop stars Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson hit the Sydney surf. Photos by popsugar.com
LADY GAGA!!! – Just like everything else in her life, the tiny pop star grabbed it by the horns and charged the surf in Mexico! Definitely makes the One Direction boys and everyone else look silly. Look at that style! Photos by splashnewsonline.com