The Endless Summer II (1994)



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Surfin' round the world is the focus of this documentary by Bruce Brown, the director famed for publicizing the sport in the 1960s. The documentary focuses upon two world-class California surfers: Patrick O'Connell, short board expert, and Robert "Wingnut" Weaver, long board surfer. The film follows them as they travel to Costa Rica, Hawaii, France, South Africa, Australia, Fiji, Bali, Java and Alaska in search of the perfect wave. Also included are twenty minutes of acrobatic surfing using singles, pairs, trios, and dogs.
Action & Adventure , Documentary , Special Interest , Sports & Fitness
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Critic Reviews for The Endless Summer II

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

Not as exciting as the first film, this one can't decide whether it's a tarvelogue, an adventure, or National Geographic documentary.

Full Review… | July 5, 2006
Top Critic

Had The Endless Summer II stuck to its subject, it would be a pleasant diversion. But it is weighed down with frivolous travel vignettes that are as dull as they are cute and contrived.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Pretty hard to sit through, because Brown's incessant beach boy prattle is endlessly irritating.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Although the movie runs 95 minutes, it contains nothing much in the way of information about surfing.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

One of those rare bits of movie marginalia that are entirely without merit and, still, a pleasure to sit through.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

[A] beautifully shot and exhilarating film that gets short shrift on this barebones DVD presentation...

Full Review… | August 8, 2004
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for The Endless Summer II

Some annoying narration and super-retarded set-ups (Oh NO, don't hit a vehicle because you are too stupid to drive on the correct side of the road in this foreign country. TWICE!) This is more than made up for in dazzling shots of gigantic waves tossing people around like rag dolls, and other shots of gigantic waves being made into a surfer's bitch. I don't necessarily care about surfing, but it's a travelogue with great footage, would love to see something like this now that our town got a flippin' IMAX screen.

Andy Cramer
Andy Cramer

While not as majestic as the original, "The Endless Summer 2" offers plenty of breathtaking visuals. Bruce Brown's camera not only captures some beautiful surf, but he takes us underneath the ocean and inside the waves. Brown was always game for hokey jokes in the original, some were funny some were not so funny. Judging from this film, however, his jokes have gotten even hokier. But no matter; most of the time Brown stays committed to capturing some beautiful surf. There might be a sense of adventure missing from this sequel, but it was still fun seeing this new generation of surfers take on the open waves.

Patrick Bales
Patrick Bales

All time favorite movie ever! Will inspire you to go out and see the world, meet new people, try new things. A must have DVD. Great documentary with a little bit of everything for everyone!

Garrett Morgan
Garrett Morgan

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