The endless summer (1966, USA)

The premise of “The endless summer,” the daddy of documentaries on surfing is simple enough: two lads decide to travel around the word to wherever it is summer and they can find a beach to surf at. Turning this simple idea to a successful movie required the combination of four ingredients: catching some great waves, humor, keen observations and masterful editing. Bruce Brown, who directed, wrote, shot and narrated the movie, was also responsible for editing it. Every time you feel that if the shot goes on for another second you would be bored he switched and brought in something interesting. For example he regularly showed the principal surfers’ beloved California and Hawaii along the more exotic parts of the world. This served well as both comparison and preview of coming attractions.

Some of the observations he made and commented on in Kenya and other non-western part of the world seems ethnocentric by today’s standard, but he was never disrespectful. Similarly, when talking about girls his tone would be considered sexist in our PC world, but he did show respect to the ladies as well. It is a warm, feel good movie that was very relaxing to watch. It didn’t make me want to surf, but reminded me how much I like to travel to countries I’ve never been to. It might have a different effect on you, but surely you would enjoy it too. Hey, you might even learn about surfing along the road, I mean wave.

DVD @ Amazon.com.

This is a top 1000 movie.

IMDB’s summary:  The crown jewel to ten years of Bruce Brown surfing documentaries. Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding quite a few in addition to some colorful local characters.

A segment from the movie

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