Surfer, Dude (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Surfer, Dude (2008)
  • Rate: 4.5/10 total 4,451 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Runtime: USA:85 min
  • Filming Location: Australia
  • Budget: $6,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $36,497(USA)(14 September 2008)
  • Director: S.R. Bindler
  • Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson
  • Original Music By: Blake Neely  Xavier Rudd   
  • Soundtrack: Too Tired to Quit
  • Sound Mix: Dolby
  • Plot Keyword: Waves | Endorsement | Stoned | Surfing | Barefoot

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • S.R. Bindler 
  • Mark Gustawes  screenplay
  • George Mays 
  • Cory Van Dyke  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • Rachael Taylor and Sophia Bush both turned down playing Danni Martin.
  • Woody Harrelson has called being in this film “the most non-work I’ve ever done.”
  • Willie Nelson accepted his part without reading the script.
  • Matthew’s black and white striped shorts in the film are likely an homage to iconic big wave surfer Greg Noll, who was known for wearing similar “prison-striped” board shorts.
  • The hearse driven by surfers and carrying surfboards is likely a tribute to mid 20th century big wave surfing pioneers who drove such a vehicle.

Plot: A wave twisting tale of a soul searching surfer experiencing an existential crisis. Full summary » |  »

Story: Steve Addington is the world's preeminent surfer – cool, laid back, stoned, shirtless and barefoot, living off endorsements for surfboards and trunks, paid in cash. In Malibu his endorsement contract has been bought by Eddie Zarno, a surfer turned businessman who wants Steve to record his moves for an electronic virtual reality game. Steve just wants to surf. While Zarno tries to change Steve's mind, the Pacific goes calm – there are no waves for days on end. Steve's attracted to Danni, recently fired by Zarno, but the lack of surfing drains him. Plus, he's low on dough. Will he sign with Zarno, get paid, and lose his self-respect?Written by <>  

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Produced By:

  • Jason Berk known as executive producer
  • Gus Gustawes known as producer
  • Mark Gustawes known as producer
  • Matt Lane known as executive producer
  • Matthew McConaughey known as producer
  • Alex G. Scott known as associate producer
  • James W. Skotchdopole known as executive producer
  • Peter Toumasis known as reality producer
  • Dennis Weiss known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Matthew McConaughey known as Steve Addington
  • Alexie Gilmore known as Danni Martin
  • Jeffrey Nordling known as Eddie Zarno
  • Woody Harrelson known as Jack Mayweather
  • Zachary Knighton known as Brillo Murphy (as Zach Knighton)
  • Todd Stashwick known as Vic Hayes
  • Nathan Phillips known as Baker Smith
  • Ramon Rodriguez known as Lupe La Rosa
  • Scott Glenn known as Alister Greenbough
  • John Terry known as Mercer Martin
  • Sarah Wright known as Stacy
  • K.D. Aubert known as April-May (as KD Aubert)
  • Willie Nelson known as Farmer Bob
  • Johnny Sneed known as Technical Director
  • Nancy Fish known as Margaret
  • Nolan North known as Mr. Simons
  • Cassandra Hepburn known as Luanne
  • Mario Revolori known as Mexican Boy (as Mario Quinonez Jr.)
  • Cheryl Francis Harrington known as Woman Customs Agent
  • Jamison Yang known as Customs Agent #2
  • Justin Sandler known as Punk Surfer #1
  • Brad Ashten known as Punk Surfer #2
  • Julia Carpenter known as Punk Girl #1
  • Bru Muller known as Garage Customer (as Bru Miller)
  • Joseph Steven Yang known as Korean Guy – Translator
  • Travis Fimmel known as Johnny Doran
  • Maya McClean known as Twin #1
  • Nandy McClean known as Twin #2
  • Stacy Stas known as Brunette #1
  • Kristin Peterson known as Brunette #2 (as Kristen Michelle Peterson)
  • P.J. Byrne known as Zarno's Lawyer (as PJ Byrne)
  • Sara Rivas known as Punk Girl #2
  • Michael Mantenuto known as House Poser
  • Lauren Coffield known as Blonde #1
  • Veronica Taylor known as Blonde #2
  • Hannah Cornett known as Blonde #3
  • Brooke Allison known as Interviewer
  • Seth Baird known as Drunk Dancer (uncredited)
  • Stephanie Bartak known as Bikini Girl (uncredited)
  • Brynn Bromley known as Reality House Girl (uncredited)
  • Gian Carlo known as Market Kid (uncredited)
  • Danielle Cooper known as Bikini Girl (uncredited)
  • Byron de Marse known as Reality House Dude (uncredited)
  • AnnaMaria Demara known as Bikini Girl (uncredited)
  • Brandon DeShazer known as Security #1 (uncredited)
  • Michael Drummond known as Surfer Boy with Camera (uncredited)
  • Patty Duran known as Surfer-Bikini Girl (uncredited)
  • Jessica Felice known as Reality Girl (uncredited)
  • Matt Flanagan known as Reality House Guy (uncredited)
  • Courtney Fleming known as Bikini Girl (uncredited)
  • Gina Fricchione known as Woman in Shoe Store (uncredited)
  • Isaac Gabaeff known as Krazy Party Dancer (uncredited)
  • Brie Gabrielle known as Bikini Girl (uncredited)
  • Christina Gabrielle known as Fruit Bowl Girl Party Dancer (uncredited)
  • Austin Graves known as Bikini Model (uncredited)
  • Curtis Dean Harrier known as Surfer (uncredited)
  • David Harris known as Life Guard (uncredited)
  • Amber Hay known as Reality House Girl (uncredited)
  • Tommy Kijas known as Punk Surfer #3 (uncredited)
  • Krysten Klein known as Beach Girl (uncredited)
  • David Josh Lawrence known as Surfer (uncredited)
  • Paula Lemes known as Surfer Friend (uncredited)
  • Liz Lueders known as Party Setup Woman (uncredited)
  • Thomas Lynch known as Drunk Surfer (uncredited)
  • Amanda MacLachlan known as Surfer Girl (uncredited)
  • Isabella Mancini known as Girl (uncredited)
  • Ryan Manuel known as Reality House Dude (uncredited)
  • Chayce Marnell known as Surfer Boy with Board (uncredited)
  • Mickey Meyer known as Surfer (uncredited)
  • George A. Miki known as Security Guard (uncredited)
  • Bill O'Donnell known as Additional Surfer (uncredited)
  • Mary-Jessica Pitts known as Farmers Market Kid (uncredited)
  • Stephanie A. Purdy known as K-9 Customs Officer (uncredited)
  • Tanner Alexander Redman known as Reality Dude (uncredited)
  • Lawrence J. Russo known as Cabbie (uncredited)
  • Carol Shook known as Business Traveller (uncredited)
  • Kimberly Suida known as Limo Girl (uncredited)
  • Channing Swift known as Mayweather's Gardener (uncredited)
  • Laundrea Thomas known as Bikini Dancer (uncredited)
  • Katherine VanderLinden known as Traveler (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Marc Boyle known as hair department head
  • Catherine Childers known as assistant hair stylist
  • Carol Collini known as key makeup artist
  • Hitomi Golba known as key hair stylist
  • Bernadette Mazur known as makeup department head
  • Lygia Orta known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Jason Garner known as art department assistant
  • Sean D. Jackson known as set dresser
  • Robert E. Knight known as head paint foreman
  • Andrew Moore known as construction coordinator
  • Eric P. Paczkowski known as drapery foreman
  • Darren Patnode known as on-set dresser
  • Harlan Spatz known as set dresser
  • Eric Stalker known as props
  • Keith Stalker known as general foreman
  • Kathleen Walker known as assistant art director


Production Companies:

  • Berk/Lane Entertainment (presents)
  • J.K. Livin Productions
  • Winchester Capital Partners

Other Companies:

  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  cranes
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Gradient Effects  digital visual effects
  • Headquarters Casting  extras casting
  • Paws for Effect  animals by
  • Sound Satisfaction  foley recording facilities
  • Sound for Film  sound post-production
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate
  • Wildfire Studios  sound post-production services


  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2008) (USA) (all media)
  • Argentina Video Home (2010) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution (2009) (Finland) (DVD)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Peter 'Beak' Cvijanovic known as senior compositor
  • Christopher Ide known as post production assistant
  • John Kearns known as digital restoration
  • Nineli Khanian known as digital compositor
  • Erin L. Nelson known as digital restoration
  • Shane Strickman known as compositor (as Shane Paugh)
  • Olcun Tan known as visual effects supervisor
  • Wilson Tang known as digital restoration
  • Thomas Tannenberger known as visual effects supervisor
  • Sherman Toy known as visual effects coordinator
  • Philip Fraschetti known as digital compositor: Gradient Effects (uncredited)
  • Bob Froehlig known as lead systems engineer: Gradient Effects (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 5 September 2008 (limited)
  • Australia 19 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 21 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 8 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Iceland 19 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Austria 18 December 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 20 January 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Turkey 23 June 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 6 April 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 28 April 2011 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for pervasive drug use, language and nudity


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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