Film / Endless Summer

The Endless Summer is a 1964 documentary film (nationally released in 1966) 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. The soundtrack actually began life as an unrelated album released under the title Scrambler! in 1964; it was repackaged as the soundtrack album when the film was nationally released in 1966.
  • 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."
  • It Will Never Catch On: Several Hollywood distributors rejected the film because they didn't think it would have any appeal, even after Brown sold out multiple screenings in Wichita, Kansas in the middle of winter. They came around once Brown had the film successfully run in New York for a year.
  • Running Gag: "You guys really missed it. You should've been here yesterday!"
  • Surfer Dude: The main characters just want to surf.

Alternative Title(s): The Endless Summer