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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Meet the Momentum Generation

Kelly Slater Opens Up

The surfing icon explains why he was more transparent than he expected while making the documentary.

Rob Machado Appreciates Kelly Slater

Machado reflects on Kelly Slater's surfing excellence, and how Momentum Generation documents the collective's familial ties.

Shane Dorian on Relieving Tension

The big-wave surfing icon found that making the movie was therapeutic.

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Benji Weatherly's House

Weatherly remembers hosting the teen surfers that eventually formed the famed collective.

Kalani Robb Found His Lane

Robb shares how he fit into the hyper-competitive collective.

Taylor Knox Wants to Change How You See Surfing

For Knox, the sport is so much more than its negative stereotypes.

Taylor Steele Lived His Filmmaking Dreams

Making surf movies of his friends helped Steele fulfill his highest aspirations.

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Pat O'Connell's Competitive Drive

O'Connell breaks down the tension between the Momentum Generation's intensity and their friendship.

Ross Williams on Maintaining Friendships

Williams discusses the difficulties of remaining close with the rest of the Momentum Generation as responsibilities pull the surfers in different directions.


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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