Film / The Endless Summer

The Endless Summer is a 1966 documentary film created by Bruce Brown. This film is responsible for bringing the surf movie genre to the mainstream and popularizing the sport around the world. It follows a duo of surfers on a quest around the globe chasing the dream of an endless summer. It showcases places where surfing is popular as well as cultures who have never seen a surf board.

Brown made a sequel, The Endless Summer II, in 1994. His son Dana continued the genre with The Endless Summer Revisited (2000) and Step Into Liquid (2003).

Not to be confused with the 1974 Greatest Hits Album Endless Summer by The Beach Boys.

This film provides examples of:

  • Cult Soundtrack: Provided by the instrumental surf-rock group The Sandals.
  • Darkest Africa: Implied multiple times by the narrator during the scenes in Africa. As the film was released in 1964, Brown's views on Africans are often unenlightened, to say the least, though usually good-intentioned.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The narrator gets pretty snarky at times. "No place more then this 'secret spot': Malibu Beach, California, famous for its Malibu Outriggers, surfing, and girls."
  • Running Gag: "You guys really missed it. You should've been here yesterday!"
  • Surfer Dude: The main characters just want to surf.