Cody is a surfing penguin who wants to win a big surf competition. When he first started out, he thought the only things a surfer needed were a surfboard and some waves. In the beginning, he has little concern for the quality of his surfboard, but after meeting legend surfer “Big Z,” he learns the importance of a well-crafted surfboard using the best material available, koa wood. As Cody matures in the movie, he realizes that becoming a better surfer requires him to be more selective about his board and the scarce resources (including time) needed to build it.
Thanks to Amanda Mandzik for the scene and summary!