Monday, May 25, 2009

The Classic Surf Epic

The Endless Summer

Please give me a sign, oh noble ones. Are these movies working for you? Have had minimal d/ls on them so far. I have plenty more but will layoff posting them if nobody is interested. Clue me.
This is one that you should all have in your movie collection.

The Endless Summer is one of the first and most influential films of the surf movie genre, creating and defining an entire category of cinema, which has endured and evolved in the decades since its release in 1966.

Director Bruce Brown follows two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, on a surf trip around the world. Despite the balmy climate of their native California, cold ocean currents make local beaches inhospitable during the winter. They travel to the coasts of Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii in a quest for new surf spots and introduce locals to the sport. Other important surfers of the time, such as Miki Dora, Phil Edwards and Butch Van Artsdalen, also appear.

Its title comes from the idea, expressed at both the beginning and end of the film, that if one had enough time and money it would be possible to follow the summer around the world, making it endless. The concept of the film was born through the suggestion of a travel agent to Bruce Brown during the planning stages of the film. The travel agent suggested that the flight from Los Angeles to Cape Town, South Africa and back would cost $50 more than a trip circumnavigating the world. After which, Bruce came up with the idea of following the summer season by traveling around the world.

The narrative presentation eases from the stiff and formal documentary of the 1950s and early 1960s to a more casual and fun-loving personal style filled with sly humor. The surf-rock soundtrack to the film was provided by The Sandals.The "Theme to the Endless Summer" was written by Gaston Georis and John Blakeley of the Sandals. It has become of the best known film themes in the surf movie genre.

When the movie was first shown, it encouraged many surfers to go abroad, giving birth to the "surf-and-travel" culture, which prizes finding "uncrowded surf", meeting new people and riding the perfect wave. It also introduced the sport, which had become popular outside of Hawaii and the Polynesian Islands in places like California and Australia, to a broader audience. In addition, it set the style for later surf-and-travel movies, including Momentum, (These Are) Better Days, and Thicker Than Water.
In 2002, The Endless Summer was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Wiki

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Surfs Up!


Anonymous said...

Loving the movies you've posted so far! Don't stop, please

ksn said...

love the movies, have been getting what's commercially available at netflix. as a non-surfer (but 15 year competitive swimmer hehe), i'm really digging these.

great site, thank you for your work.

cheers from NYC,

Anonymous said...

hi there - this is one I've had for years. Have you posted others? What did I miss? Thanks for all the tunes and thansks to all our armed forces members yesterday and today.

Pedro Homero said...

yeah i guess i've missed the other ones too... where are they?
anyways, thanks for the film - although i would prefer mediafire as a better place to have it. :)

Trustar said...

Thanks for the comments. I've posted up some 70's hot rod movies(Two-Lane Blacktop and Vanishing Point)along with a more current flick (RockNRolla)with little interest.

This is the first surf flic to be posted. Just thought I'd see if this went over any better then the others.

As long as people like 'em, they'll keep comming.

Thanks again for the notes.


Dave C said...

I've never seen this, but loved Endless Summer II--both the movie and the music.

Hunter said...

What do you know, I've been watching this for the first time for the past two days! If y'all have it, it's streaming on netflix

Marshall Cavendish said...

Thanks for posting this and the other films. I've grabbed the ones I've not yet seen and am looking forward to casting an eye over the others. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Sorry for the delay in commenting. You are a god! Love the Endless Summer movie! Love RocknRolla! Hell, just about love everything you post. Thanks!

taluung said...

Way back when after watching Endless Summer I got on a ship and headed to the South Pacific. It was 1969, o the way I surfed in Hawaii but my goal was Raglan in New Zealand. Fabulous it was, thanks for rekindling the memories!