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The Endless Summer (1966)

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 ...
Narrator
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 ...
Himself
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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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17 August 1968 (Japan)  »

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

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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 »

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

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Referenced in Cheers: Endless Slumper (1982) See more »

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Written by Walter Georis and John Blakeley
Performed by The Sandals
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Great to watch any time of the year.
19 August 1999 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

Despite the fact that this film is over thirty years old it's just as good as when it first came out in 66. No plot, No stars. Two guys who take off to surf the world (or at least as much of it as they can)in search of the perfect wave and are photographed as they do it. Good narration and great surfing footage along with the right amount of humor thrown in makes it an endless classic without really being a documentary.


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