directed by Bruce Brown (1966)
During this heatwave, nothing has been better to have playing in the background than the 1960’s surfer documentary, The Endless Summer.
The narration is dated and has the innocence and tone of a Disney movie, but in that way it’s quite charming.
Filmmaker Bruce Brown follows two friendly, handsome surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August as they travel the globe in search of perfect waves. In one quite amazing scene, they teach local African villagers how to surf.
It’s goofy and far from modern, but Endless Summer does a great job of romantisicing the nomadic, amiable, and free life of a surfer.
The cinematography, of which Roger Ebert said “almost makes you wonder if Hollywood hasn’t been trying too hard” is often beautiful and it’s always a fun era to see footage of.