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Cool beans. But I must add my favourite, Psycho Beach Party
posted by yellowbinder at 8:06 PM on May 26, 2008


Cool beans. But I must add my favourite, Psycho Beach Party

I probably should have specified documentary films, although among different kinds of surf films, the 60s beach party films (and later incarnations) certainly have their place. All of the films in the post above are documentaries, but some do have an unmistakable 60s feel (part of the fun of some of the vintage clips and trailers).

The Endless Summer is the one that started it all, and it remains a fantastic film; I recommend it highly to anyone who has never seen it: you don't have to care about or know about surfing at all to thoroughly enjoy it.
posted by ornate insect at 8:19 PM on May 26, 2008


Seconding what ornate insect said about "The Endless Summer" (you don't have to care about or know about surfing at all to thoroughly enjoy it). I'm in the middle of land-locked Kansas and I've never surfed a day in my life, but I watched "The Endless Summer" on late-night television years ago when there was nothing else on and I had a sick baby to cuddle, and I was thoroughly captivated by it. I would love to watch it again, but I've never been able to find it at my library or my local video store.
posted by amyms at 8:25 PM on May 26, 2008


Endless summer II clip
posted by acro at 8:28 PM on May 26, 2008


via
posted by acro at 8:29 PM on May 26, 2008


amyms--if you use netflix, they have it.
posted by ornate insect at 8:30 PM on May 26, 2008


If you're watching big-wave surfing documentaries, I highly recommend Maverick's.
posted by optovox at 8:37 PM on May 26, 2008




oops: ultimate sessions
posted by ornate insect at 9:33 PM on May 26, 2008


Stoked. Great post. Thanks.
posted by iamkimiam at 9:46 PM on May 26, 2008


amyms--if you use netflix, they have it.

Gnarly! (Okay, I totally sound like a lame land-locked poser girl there). I've never used netflix, but that might tip the scales in its favor.
posted by amyms at 10:15 PM on May 26, 2008


You linked to Thicker Than Water, therefore we must also mention The September Sessions, Sprout, and A Brokedown Melody - all released by Woodshed Films, with soundtracks on Brushfire Records.

Back in the '90s, surf vids tended to feature aggressive shortboard riding with punk soundtracks. The people behind Woodshed films (aka the Moonshine Conspiracy) produce surf videos that are much more geared towards the soul surfer, and the soundtracks are much more eclectic and befitting the concept of surf as a lifestyle vs. surf as a competitive sport. I heartily recommend the soundtracks for The September Sessions and Thicker Than Water. And if you get the DVDs, they're perfect for background audio and visual during a summer night get together.
posted by krippledkonscious at 2:43 AM on May 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


The Ventures: Wipe Out and Pipeline.

The "M" Ventures: Surf Rider.

Ahmet Koc: Surf Rider.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:19 AM on May 27, 2008


Riding Giants
posted by Relay at 7:43 AM on May 27, 2008


excellent post. a great book I'd love to see as a film is Dogs of Winter.
posted by dawson at 9:53 AM on May 27, 2008


Thanks! I just added Step into Liquid and Riding Giants to my netflix list. And amyms, with a bit of practice you could sound like this guy.
posted by Killick at 1:11 PM on May 27, 2008


krippledkonscious ... awesome! I couldn't remember the name of that movie (was excellent btw.)
posted by acro at 2:34 PM on May 27, 2008


See also the wonderful Litmus with Derek Hynd
posted by niceness at 9:08 PM on May 27, 2008


niceness! I've been searching fruitlessly for many years, trying to find The Val Dusty Experiment - Music From Litmus double album. Any chance you have an idea where to locate this gem? I am prepared to engage in international trade, although I have naught but these flimsy American dollars...
posted by krippledkonscious at 1:13 AM on May 28, 2008


And if you'd like to see the posters, you could read Matt Warshaw's Surf Movie Tonite!
posted by The corpse in the library at 4:16 PM on May 28, 2008


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