The Endless Summer

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Documentary filmmaker Bruce Brown, himself a competition-level surfer, follows surfers Michael Hynson and Robert August on an around-the-world surfing adventure. With Brown's wry, sardonic narration and a twangy, guitar-driven instrumental soundtrack by The Sandals playing over the silent footage, Mike and Rob leave their California home to visit Hawaii, Australia, South Africa and other secluded surfing spots in a search for the surfer's holy grail that Brown dubs "The Perfect Wave."

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  • 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.

    July 25, 2014 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

    Ian Buckwalter

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  • Just breathtaking.

    August 7, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 4, 2008 | Full Review…
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  • 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.

    August 4, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Visually fascinating.

    May 21, 2005 | Full Review…
  • A laid-back golden haze, a soundtrack of 60s summer tunes. The jokey racism and leering camera now grate; the surfing is still spectacular as two men, genuinely curious about the places they visit, travel the world in search of a perfect wave.

    January 19, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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  • Aug 15, 2009
    "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.
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