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The Endless Summer (1966)



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While Bruce Brown had been making films about surfing since the late 1950s, The Endless Summer was his first film to receive a nationwide release; it was also the first serious cinematic look at the sport to click with a mass audience. In his narration, Brown muses that if someone had enough time and money, they could literally follow the summer around the globe, and so Brown and two of his surfing buddies, Robert August and Mike Hynson, decide to do just that. With their surfboards as luggage, August and Hynson travel from one coastline to the next, trying the waves in Hawaii, Africa, Australia, Tahiti, and a number of other places where most folks had never even seen a surfboard before. Along the way, August and Hynson learn a lot about people around the world, and grow up a bit while they search for the elusive perfect wave. The Endless Summer also features a great surf-rock score by the Sandals.more
Rating: G
Genre: Documentary, Sports & Fitness
Directed By:
Written By: Bruce Brown
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 30, 2003
Image Entertainment


Bruce Brown
as Narrator
Terence Bullen
as South African Guide
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Critic Reviews for The Endless Summer

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

Part surfing film, part travelogue, occasionally even anthropological study and wildlife film, ultimately it visually taps into the wanderlust that sends us to far-flung beaches in search of an escape from life that we can't find at home.

Full Review… | July 25, 2014
Top Critic

Just breathtaking.

Full Review… | August 7, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

Brown leaves analysis of the surf-cult mystique to seagoing sociologists, but demonstrates quite spiritedly that some of the brave souls mistaken for beachniks are, in fact, converts to a difficult, dangerous and dazzling sport.

Full Review… | August 4, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Shunning the tons of equipment ordinarily taken along on location, Brown used only what he could carry. The beautiful photography he brought home almost makes you wonder if Hollywood hasn't been trying too hard.

Full Review… | August 4, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Visually fascinating.

Full Review… | May 21, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Groovy music by the Sandals, a five-piece surfing outfit, accompany the beautiful images and Brown's hip surfer-speak is a history lesson in itself.

Full Review… | July 7, 2014
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for The Endless Summer

"The Endless Summer" is a great movie to watch when you just want to relax and see a good movie. It's about a couple of surfers who go around the world trying to find the perfect wave. You'll see them travel to many places while they try to find the best surfing spots the world has to offer. Really, the movie's not completely about surfing, it's about being young and free and just enjoying yourself. I've been to the ocean several times, but I've never really tried to surf, but I really liked this movie. The scenery and photography is done as well as it could've been and the storyline is interesting and it will keep you watching the whole time without you getting bored any.
I recommend anybody to get "The Endless Summer." NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

A relaxed, beautiful look at an American sub-culture, The Endless Summer is a wonderful little film about the longest summer vacation ever.

A Lai

At the end, Bruce Brown says, "I hope you liked my film." And, the answer is, yes, Bruce, I did! This laid-back documentary perfectly gives the audience an idea of what surfing is all about. It's about being one with nature and going with the flow of life. Here, it's just two guys traveling the world looking for the perfect wave. It starts quietly and ends quietly. No dialogue, just Bruce Brown providing his humorous narration throughout. Deservedly the classic surfing documentary!

John Miller

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