Sports Emmy - Outstanding Long Sports Documentary

From directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist and featuring surfing icons Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Taylor Knox, Ross Williams, Shane Dorian and more, Momentum Generation tells the story of a ragtag community of teenage surfers and how they brought their sport to unprecedented heights. Read More

Interview With the Filmmakers

Directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist discuss what makes the Momentum Generation unique and telling their story with over a hundred archival sources.

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What the Critics Are Saying

“You do not need to be interested in surfing to be excited and moved by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist's excellent, eloquent documentary.”

“A powerful documentary worthy of your time.”

“Profound portraits of friendship.”

Better With Friends

The surf collective revisited their old stomping grounds to screen Momentum Generation.

Back in Encinitas

The collective celebrates the making of Momentum Generation at the La Poloma, a theater that was integral to their journey.

High Five

While many believe Kelly Slater's subverted Rob Machado with an ultimate act of gamesmanship, Slater defends the controversial high five as a genuine embrace between friends.

The Text Group

The surf gang's long-running group text allows them to preserve their friendship across long distances, one roast at a time.

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