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In this 2016 thriller, Lively played wanderlusting traveler Nancy, who becomes stranded just offshore after a shark attack. The ultra-fit actress began filming just eight months after giving birth to her and Ryan Reynolds' first child. Getting into shape for the role, she admitted, was no easy feat. “I had to become an athlete,” Lively previously told PEOPLE. “It was like training for a marathon. When we were shooting, we were shooting 13-hour days, no lunch breaks, in the water the whole time, 4-foot waves.”
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Diaz was nothing less than divine in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, in which the actress flaunted both her crime-fighting skills and her killer physique. When she's not nabbing baddies, Diaz's character, Natalie, unwinds by hitting the waves, evident in this memorable scene from the 2003 film.
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Soul Surfer tells the real-life story of professional surfer Bethany Hamilton (portrayed by Robb), who lost her arm in a vicious shark attack. In the film, the actress — who had to jack up her surfing skills for the shoot — deftly captures Hamilton's fierce spirit and steely determination, as she vows to hit the water again and join pro surfers in competition.
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Famous for his irresistible charm and sly comedic timing, McConaughey brought his physical A-game to the 2008 movie Surfer, Dude. The ripped actor enjoyed the outdoors-y shoot, telling PEOPLE, while promoting the film, “When I’m lucky enough to be in a place where I don’t have to wear a shirt and shoes, I don’t."
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Swayze starred in the 1991 film Point Break as Bodhi, the leader of a surfer gang whose members are also highly wanted robbers, known as the “Ex-Presidents.” With his bad-boy charisma, it’s no wonder that the role of Bodhi landed Swayze a nomination for “Most Desirable Male” at the 1992 MTV Movie Awards.
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In the 1959 classic Gidget, Dee's titular character becomes inspired to hit the waves after meeting a group of surfers. The film was such a hit, it virtually launched the popular beach-party genre and paved the way for sequels, TV series and TV movies.
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Rudd took on the role of Chuck, a surfing instructor, in 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall. While his character may not have been the brightest, he was all brawn with his tousled hair and athletic energy, and brought comedic flair to a film that climbed to No. 2 at the box office the first weekend it came out.
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Daddario made waves as Summer Quinn in the recent remake of Baywatch, bringing the iconic TV series to the big screen with the help of costars (and fellow beach warriors) Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Zac Efron and Kelly Rohrbach.
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The only thing better than Channing Tatum is a shirtless Channing Tatum, a sight fans got to enjoy in 2010's Dear John. The movie, based on the Nicholas Sparks book, tells the story of soldier John Tyree (Tatum) and Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), who meet on a beach and, after John is deployed, end up communicating via letters.
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Playing a surfer in this 2002 film pushed Bosworth to her physical limits, as she spent hours training daily. “Standing on a surfboard is like trying to stand on soap,” Bosworth previously told PEOPLE. Her hard work paid off: The movie has since become a cult classic.
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