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DVD Review – The Endless Summer

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Like Mike

I’m more than happy to admit that I’m not a fan of the deep ocean. There’s nothing better than diving into the waves and catching a ride on the body board, but just as long as I can touch the bottom then I’m all good! So, despite how tempting it’s been to give surfing a try, the fact you have to go a fair distance out to catch the waves has always been the reason why I just won’t give it a go. However, that has never stopped me from enjoying watching the sport or knowing deep down how amazing it must feel to be out there riding those waves. So when I had a chance to watch ‘The Endless Summer’, which is often talked about as the most classic surfing documentary of all time, I thought why not! Not to mention the fact that we are currently putting a documentary together and researching other like-minded films, which is something I love to do!

“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 colourful local characters.”

With a fully created ‘soundscape’, from the sounds of the waves to the running audio commentary, this gave the film a very interesting feel as clearly the camera being used only took image and no sound. For the early 60’s though, it seemed to work perfectly as it felt very much of that time. Even some of the things that were said were appropriate for the time, but may now seem kind of un-PC or even boarding on racist, you never had any feeling that there was bad intent on the part of the film makers. You spent most of the time just getting caught up in the amazing visuals and the inspiring nature of the film as these two young surfers literally surfed waves that had never been touched by a board before at places all over the world. This is a ‘must watch’ film for surf lovers of all ages to see how this sport was nearly 50 years ago!

9 out of 10 from me.

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