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The Endless Summer (1966)

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The crown jewel to ten years of Bruce Brown surfing documentaries. Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding quite a few in addition to some colorful local characters.



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Credited cast:
Michael Hynson ...
Principal surfer (as Mike Hynson)
Robert August ...
Principal surfer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lord James Blears ...
Himself (as Lord 'Tally Ho' Blears)
Bruce Brown ...
Terence Bullen ...
South African guide
Chip Fitzwater ...
Himself - Bodysurfer at the Wedge with 'rigor mortis of the stomach.'
Chuck Gardner ...
Himself - Bellyboarder at the Wedge throwing board over wave
Wayne Miyata ...


They call it The Endless Summer the ultimate surfing adventure, crossing the globe in search of the perfect wave. From the uncharted waters of West Africa, to the shark-filled seas of Australia, to the tropical paradise of Tahiti and beyond, these California surfers accomplish in a few months what most people never do in a lifetime...They live their dream. Director Bruce Brown creates a film so powerful it has become a timeless masterpiece that continues to capture the imagination of every new generation. When it first played in theaters, audiences lined up to see it again and again, spellbound by its thrilling excitement and awesome photography. But in fact, what's most compelling about the film is the sport of surfing itself, and once you've seen it, you'll never forget why. Written by Anonymous

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The Search for the Perfect Wave See more »


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17 August 1968 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

A végtelen nyár  »

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$50,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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The official documentary of the band Tsunami Samurai. See more »


Walking down to the beach in Ghana, West Africa, both Mike Hynson and Robert August are wearing white bathing suits. A few moments later on the same beach Mike Hynson is now wearing a blue bathing suit. See more »

Crazy Credits

Special thanks to old king Neptune for providing the waves in this film See more »


Followed by The Endless Summer Revisited (2000) See more »


Written by Walter Georis and John Blakeley
Performed by The Sandals
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Beautiful Wonderful Nostalgic Escape
5 June 2005 | by (Rocky Point, NY) – See all my reviews

Beautifully filmed, wonderfully nostalgic trip to a simpler time. A labor of love by those who lived the life and embraced the philosophy of the lifestyle. Characterized by friendly exploration of different beaches (as they chased Summer around the globe) as well as different cultures; a true escape in every sense of the word. These ambassadors of the sport don't perform a high energy showcase of different surfing moves, rather they exhibit the beauty and grace of 60's style surfing, making friends along the way. A must for anyone who has ever been on a board or dreamed of it. A great film for the whole family, I put it on on a Sunday night to forget the stress of the upcoming week. Watch it over and over-- it gets better every time.

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