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June 18, 2017
Pretty entertaining film from the 60's about surfing. Most interesting was a pair of surfers going to Africa where it has never been tried before as the narrator provides a couple of politically incorrect lines that would not pass today.
½ February 2, 2017
Do you want to watch 90 minutes of surfing footage with a narrator that is talking like he's showing you his home movies? If so, this is for you! That said, it's a neat time capsule of a lost age and there's some spectacular footage on display, but it is very repetitive.
½ November 19, 2016
A fun easygoing surfing documentary capturing the feel of surfing in the height of its glory with a trip around the globe.
½ May 13, 2016
Only 2 types of people should watch this movie: People who fetishize early 60's style and pro. surfers. This is just like watching the dullest Youtube stunt videos. There's no plot, just footage of surfers for 95 minutes.
March 7, 2016
The Endless Summer somehow manages to be exhilaratingly inspiring, magnificently beautiful, endearingly goofy, an incredible time capsule documentary, a surprisingly educational travelogue, and a real life dream all in its 95 minutes. The film is unforgettable, and as long as man keeps searching for the perfect wave it will live on. Thus, it is truly an endless summer.
½ November 2, 2015
THE classic surf movie. Very entertaining and enjoyable.
July 22, 2015
The one liners are Golden!
June 4, 2015
I love it. If nothing else to watch I pop this in.
½ March 9, 2015
A like able but dated 1960's surfing documentary that is simply just a fun film about these two surfers chasing the endless summer.

The VO is a bit tacky but the vibe & the feel of the film is great. May have a been more interesting in they covered more ground but interesting none the less.

A must see film for its era & still relevant today. It's always the passion of surfing that makes these films so accessible.
½ February 23, 2015
Filmed in some of the most beautiful locations around the world (Waikiki, Malibu, Senegal, Nigeria, Cape Town, Auckland, and Tahiti) the initial joys of this is watching the experts riding the waves with precision and skill. With no dialogue or interviews it feels like an educational film. At first I wondered, how can a 90 minute travelogue about surfing be that compelling? But that's when the narrator began to surprise me. Narrated by the filmmaker himself, Bruce Brown is a total smartass whose constant bits help make the movie twice as fun as it could have been. He's a like that cool science teacher who keeps your attention with his bad jokes.
It's nice to watch a doc that knows not to take itself so seriously. What happens in the end isn't just cool surfing, it's also an exploration of humanity and the planet itself. The brief relationships the surfers build with the African's who are in awe of them is a beautiful humanizing thing once the village members (who fish in those waters to live) begin getting a knack for the board. And from an historical standpoint it's hilarious to hear the travelers gripe about $30 hotels, $1 coffee and a $10 tank of gas like it's all highway robbery. I say that knowing full-well the perspective of inflation. As the narrator says, most of the places they visit look just like California (sans zebras) and it makes the whole wide world just seem a little cozier.
½ July 25, 2014
A gentle, joyful movie about the pleasure of surfing and the camaraderie of the riders of waves. It's not about the big waves and the big names, though they're mentioned, it's just about living the lifestyle. And the laid back, friendly style of the movie embodies the style of the people. It's an engaging look at the surf scene in the 60s that even captures a non-surfer audience's rapt attention.
June 24, 2014
The perfect example of real world adventure and discovery, featuring amazing locations and an easy listening narrative. A story so good, non-surfing fans can appreciate it.
July 19, 2013
This film really was ahead of it's time. The footage the makers were able to capture with the equipment that was available back then is still epic.
½ June 27, 2013
It's impossible to dislike movie. It's both hilarious and informative. Even if you aren't into surfing, you can still fully appreciate and enjoy it.
May 31, 2013
A carefree, beautiful, and surprisingly diplomatic journey around the world.
½ February 14, 2013
It is rare that such static shots can be so stimulating. The way the boards cut into the waves, the peach skin bodies ducking and tumbling through the water...all of this seen as if from the beach. It's hypnotic. Other than that, the film doesn't offer much, and the director, Bruce Brown, does his own narration, which works in a certain way, but his voice just pissed me off for some reason and therefore it was distracting.
December 20, 2012
Absolutely loved this. The passion for the sport and the beauty of the places they go are conveyed in a very accessible and loving way.
October 18, 2012
Thoroughly enjoyable.
October 2, 2012
One of those movies everybody needs to watch.
½ September 27, 2012
A very interesting idea and filmed very well. This documentary reaches out to any viewer and is not just for surfers. Beautiful scenery and excellent waves.
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