Through the art of film, the 2018 SURFER Awards nominees for Best Documentary told stories from surfing’s rich history that spanned the gamut of emotions.

From confronting the issues that lead to a beloved World Champion’s demise, to channeling the empowering nature of surfing into at-risk youth, each narrative had moments both tear jerking and laugh-out-loud inducing.

Below are 2018’s five nominees. Let us know which film is most deserving of the Best Documentary award in the comments.

Watch the SURFER Awards LIVE on Dec. 6.

Head to SURFER’s website for more 2018 SURFER Award nominees.

Trouble: The Lisa Andersen Story

Momentum Generation

Andy Irons: Kissed by God

Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable

Can’t Steal Our Vibe

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