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The Endless Summer -- 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, two Californ


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17 August 1968 (Japan) See more »
The Search for the Perfect Wave See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Tasty Waves and Exotic Locales-Forever Timeless! See more (31 total) »


  (in credits order)
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
Steven R. Davis ... Himself (uncredited)

Mickey Dora ... Himself (uncredited)
Phil Edwards ... Himself (uncredited)

Greg Noll ... Himself (uncredited)
Dave Thynell ... Himself - Charlie (uncredited)
Butch Van Artsdale ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Bruce Brown 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bruce Brown 

Produced by
Robert Bagley .... producer
Bruce Brown .... producer
Original Music by
John Blakeley  (as The Sandals)
Gaston Georis  (as The Sandals)
Walter Georis  (as The Sandals)
Cinematography by
Bruce Brown 
Film Editing by
Bruce Brown 
Camera and Electrical Department
Phillip Akin .... cinematographer: additional footage
R. Paul Allen .... cinematographer: additional footage, Malibu
Bob Bagley .... cinematographer: additional footage, Hawaii
George Greenough .... cinematographer: additional footage
Bob Richardson .... cinematographer: additional footage
Paul Witzig .... cinematographer: additional footage, Australia
Editorial Department
Jeff Chaves .... colorist (digital color correction)

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95 min
Color (Technicolor)
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The official documentary of the band Tsunami Samurai.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Narrator:[Entering Ghana] Were they really doing the right thing? Had the UN been there before or not?See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Surf's Up (2007)See more »
DriftingSee more »


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Tasty Waves and Exotic Locales-Forever Timeless!, 23 July 2004
Author: LAKERS34 from Los Angeles

What a fun little film this is! Every 5 or 6 years I revisit this work and enjoy it as much as the first time I saw it. My hat is off to Bruce Brown for having the vision and determination to create this film. With cinematography, music, and narration that is easy on the mind and eyes, this film floats through the screen and has you envisioning your own paradise, whether or not you're a surfing aficionado. The two featured surfers in this film are at the top of their sport and seem to be doing it only for love - NOT for big prizes or cash purses. There is a unique innocence about this film that is very appealing.

See this film because it is not violent. See it because there are no special effects (save one or two jerky camera moves). See it because it takes you back to a simpler time when the world (and you do see much of the world) seems much simpler. Still fun and still an inspiration, this film will remain forever timeless...

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