If you happen to hang 10 and catch the "Surf's Up" fever while looking for some gnarly animated entertainment, you'll likely end up calling this a big bummer. This one isn't very chillin' or thrillin.' Maybe unfulfillin' is more appropriate.
The premise is the making of a documentary about surfing superstar Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf), and how he rode the big wave to penguin prominence and international acclaim. Cody hails from the Antarctic, where he is mocked for spending his free time pursuing his ambition. His mom loves him, even if she doesn't understand him, and his older brother just wants to make his life difficult. He's inspired by a visit from his idol, Big Z (Jeff Bridges), a legend to all surfing penguins.
Big Z is the ultimate champion until he loses a race to Tank Evans (Diedrich Bader) and is presumed to have died. Cody aspires to be part of the Big Z Memorial competition and finally gets his chance when a talent scout named Mikey Abromowitz (Mario Cantone) brings him to Pen Gu Island, where he meets the contest's mercurial promoter, Reggie Belafonte (James Woods) and becomes friends with a chicken named Joe (Jon Heder).