Disney+ Bows Eight-Part Documentary Series on Japan’s Surfing Culture

Disney+ has begun streaming an eight-part original documentary series on Japanese surf culture.

Less than three years after surfing’s debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, “Chasing Waves” focuses on the people and places that are defining Japan’s reach in the global surf culture. Japan has 18,000 miles of coastline and a growing prominence in surfing.

The character-driven documentary series, shot with 4K cameras and using 16mm archival film, follows athletes from various cultural backgrounds in their drive to succeed in the international surf industry. The docu-series features pro surfers Mahina Maeda, Yuma Takanuki, Sara Kohrogi, 2021 Olympic Silver Medalist Kanoa Igarashi and Australian-Japanese surfer Connor O’Leary. 

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From the indoor wave pool called the “Ocean Dome” in Miyazaki to the icy waters of Hokkaido, “Chasing Waves” paints a holistic picture of the world of Japanese surfing culture.

“Chasing Waves” is produced by Boardwalk Pictures and Station 10 Media, with Christopher G. Cowen as executive producer and co-director and Andrew Fried as executive producer. Jason Baffa serves as director and executive producer.