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(1978)

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The role of the "Enforcer" was loosely based on longtime Malibu icon and waterman Ray Kunze who looked out for John Milus (director) and Dennis Aaberg (co-writer) in the late 50's.
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Jeff Bridges turned down the role of "Matt" that went to Jan-Michael Vincent.
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Tom Berenger auditioned for the part of "Jack Barlowe" that went to William Katt.
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The character of Matt Johnson is based on real-life surfer Lance Carson, who struggled with alcoholism throughout the 1960's and 1970's.
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This is the final theatrical film of Barbara Hale.
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The character of Jack Barlow was loosely based on surfer Kemp Aaberg. Moreover, Kemp's younger brother Dennis Aaberg co-wrote the script for this film.
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Director Cameo: Director John Milius appears briefly as a marijuana peddling drug dealer on the streets of Tijuana.
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Australian champion surfers Peter Townsend and Ian Cairns doubled for William Katt and Gary Busey in the surfing sequences.
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Bill Hamilton father of surfer Laird Hamilton doubled for Jan-Michael Vincent's character, as well as the scene in which lifeguards abandon their small boat in the pit of a gigantic oncoming wave. Afterward, Hamilton began shaping under the Bear label depicted in the movie. The success was fleeting as director Milius sued for patent rights, leaving Hamilton back where he started.
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