Ira Opper and writer Matt Warshaw (Encyclopedia of Surfing)
have painstakingly sifted through footage from the most influential
surfing videos / films of the last 30 yearsfrom Cosmic
Children to September Sessionsto craft a premium no-filler
blend of touchstone moments from the sports most ground-breaking
wave riders. Witness Uluwatu ridden for the first time in 1972
in Alby Falzon's watershed Morning of the Earth. Shaun Tomson,
Rabbitt and Mark Richards' epic tube duel at Pipeline in Bill
Delaney's 1975 Free Ride. Peer into the future with Kelly Slater's
Indonesian performances in Jack Johnson's September Sessions.
In addition to original footage from such films as Searching
for Curren and Ocean Fever, recent interviews of the featured
surfers and filmmakers provide a behind the scenes back story
of these classic surfing videos "ultimate sessions."
Footage From: Morning of the Earth, Fluid Drive, Cosmic Children,
Amazing Surf Stories, Ocean Fever, Free Ride, Searching For
Tom Curren and September Sessions.?
Beyond Blazing Boards
Stereo surf film shot completely with 16 mm. " Beyond
Blazing Boards" is absolutely one of the best classic
surfing videos ever with an up to the minute examination of
what high powered surfing is all about ! Filmed in Bali, Australia,
Mexico and California, "Beyond Blazing Boards" covers
exciting free surfing action by the world's top professionals
in classic conditions around the world. From perfect 12 ft.
Paddang Paddang to a close examination of today's dramatic
pro surfing tour only Beyond Blazing Boards tells the full
story of surfing's evolution in the mid 1980's. Produced by
Chris Bystrom Films.
: Glen Winton, Mark Occhilupo, Ronnie Burns, Kong Elkerton,
Simon Law, Tom Curren, Stuart Cadden, and introducing Jason
Bystroms classic surfing video film Blazing Boards is now
available on DVD. Get the classic 80s surf flick that
Surfing Magazine called Too savage for words!
The original classic cinema surf flick, featuring Hawaii,
Australia, California, Mexico and Exotic Isles. Blazing Boards
captures the very essence of what riding waves is all about.
If you love the ocean then be sure and check out the best
surf film of the 1980s. Starring: Gary Kong
Elkerton, Shaun Tomson, Martin Potter, Derek Hynd, Cheyne
Horan, Tom Carroll, Marvin Foster, Daniel Mr. Boogie
Kaimi, Mark Richards, Tommy Curren and the worlds greatest
Morning Of The Earth
Declared a national treasure by the Australian government. Painstakingly
restored frame by frame for DVD. A stunning masterpiece by Albert
The classic 1972 surfing film MORNING OF THE EARTH reveals a
fantasy of three exotic lands: Bali, Hawaii, and Australia,
where surfers made their own houses, surfboards, and lived in
harmony with nature. Featuring spectacular surfing from Nat
Young, Terry Fitzgerald, Gerry Lopez, Stephen Cooney, David
Treloar and Michael Peterson, stunning photography from Albert
Falzon and a great rock soundtrack that tells this mood story
far better than any words. ? Getting back to where it all began
when life was simple, no rip off people, and it was fun.?
Starring Bertelman, Rory Russel, Gerry Lopez and more classic
rippers. Also epic skateboarding from the seventies, Surfing
filmed in Australia, California and Hawaii. Running time: 88
min. "Exceptional surfing orchestrated by virtuoso editing
and photography.", SURFER Magazine, 1976
(Narrated by Jepsen, live, Santa Monica Civic Aud., what a classic
time it was) Running time: 60 min. "Aside from painting an accurate
picture of the "state of the art surfing for that time period
", The Cosmic Children fulfills the most important criteria
of a good surf movie -- it righteously stokes you to get up
early the next morning and go surfing.
Produced by Jim Freeman and Greg McGillivray in the early seventies,
a period of amazing changes in surfing as well as society. All
the 70ís stars are present including Lopez and Hakman. Also
features a great skateboarding segment. Excellent cinematography.
A must have for any collection.This movie is a total gem 60 Min.
The film that started the movement...the original Endless
Summer. On any given day of the year, it's summer somewhere
on the planet. The two young American surfers, Robert August
and Mike Hynson, follow this never ending summer around the
world. Spanning 3 years of filming in the early 60's, Bruce
Brown captured the true fun of early surfing. A must for any
serious surf archivist. 90 Min
Endless Summer II
The biggest surf film to hit in 30 years! Party with local girls
in Costa Rica, survive a lion attack in South America and chill
out in the icy surf of Alaska as the legacy on Endless Summer
continues! "What a way to get stoked!" claims Roger Ebert from
the Chicago Sun Times. 90 Min.
Director's Special Edition
Robert August, Mike HynsonWhile - Bruce Brown had been making
films about surfing since the late 1950s, The Endless Summer
was his first film to receive a nationwide release; it was also
the first serious cinematic look at the sport to click with
a mass audience. In his narration, Brown muses that if someone
had enough time and money, they could literally follow the summer
around the globe, and so Brown and two of his surfing buddies,
Robert August and Mike Henson, decide to do just that. With
their surfboards as luggage, August and Henson travel from one
coastline to the next, trying the waves in Hawaii, Africa, Australia,
Tahiti, and a number of other nations where most folks had never
even seen a surfboard before. Along the way, August and Henson
learn a lot about people around the world, and grow up a bit
while they search for the elusive perfect wave. The Endless
Summer also features a great surf-rock score by The Sandals.90
Ultimate Summer: Bruce Brown Surf Collection Includes: The
Endless Summer, The Endless Summer II, Barefoot
Adventure, Slippery When Wet, Surf Crazy,
Surfin' Shorts, Surfing Hollow Days,
(dvd/Surf Collection/5 Disc/8 Films)
A spellbinding adventure through surfing's colorful frontiers.
Explore Indo, Hawaii, and the mysterious Isle of Kong, on a
surfing odyssey. A film of travel and discovery of uncrowded
locations. This has become an all time best selling classic.
Matter Of Style
A well known 16mm film classic from the late 1970's to early
`80s, from the maker of Ticket to Ride and Ocean Fever. An
epic tale of the last of the long lost soul masters, charging
it with the grace and style that made them legends. Rubberman
Larry Bertlemann is at his peak. Nineteen year old Shaun Tomson
controlling Off the Wall, Backdoor, and radical backside at
Pipe, and monster New Zealand in the swell of 1974. Gerry
Lopez and Rory Russel are annointed King and Prince of Pipeline,
Plus classic Malibu, Trestles, Baja, Blacks, and Honalua.
Surfer Magazine called it "One of the best you'll see." Surfing
Magazine "Guarantees an enjoyable evening."An important all
time collector's movie.
"By 1960 I had the making of my surf films down to a science,
which was, basically, work my guts out. If the film was done
right it looked effortless. People would say, "Boy, making
that movie must have been a lot of fun." Somehow they'd
be oblivious to the fact that I'd spent twelve hours a day for
the last four months in an editing room and had skin the color
of a man who's been locked in a closet for six years. Getting
these old films ready for video release brought back a lot of
those memories. Like my other surf movies, the original elements
of BAREFOOT ADVENTURE - film, narration, music - lay in bits
and pieces in my attic. Most of the film had been taken apart
for use in other projects. Weeks were spent opening unmarked
film cans and viewing old surfing footage in search of missing
shots. The shots, once found, were often held together by paper
tape which, after 30 years, had turned to rock and fossilized
onto the film. Removing the tape meant soaking the end of each
shot in film cleaner for ten to twenty-five minutes until the
tape softened from granite to mud and could be safely scraped
off. I figure it took sixty hours of sitting in a darkened room,
getting goofy from the fumes, just to remove the tape. I held
up well under the strain, mainly because my son, Dana, did most
of the work. Looking at BAREFOOT ADVENTURE I am still amazed
how good Del Cannon was as an amateur actor. Dana refers to
Del as the "Sir Lawrence Olivier of surf films" which
hits the nail on the head and shows that film cleaner fumes
don't cause brain damage."
Slippery When Wet
"It was the summer of 1958. I was a 20-year-old lifeguard
in San Clemente, California, which to date is the only real
job I've ever held. At nights I worked as a glorified janitor
at Dale Velzy's surf shop. Occasionally, while I swept up, Dale
would show an 8mm surf film I'd made while stationed on a submarine
in Hawaii. He charged 25 cents, and on a big night we'd rake
in as much as six dollars. Dale, however, being one of surfing's
great characters, envisioned bigger and better things for me.
We spent the summer negotiating about making a "real"
(16mm) surf film. He'd pay for it and I would make it. Eventually
Velzy put up $5,000 which was to include, among other things,
camera equipment, 50 rolls of film, six plane tickets to Hawaii
and my living expenses until the film was completed. I looked
for some surfers who not only wanted a free plane ticket to
Hawaii, but who could afford to pay their own expenses once
there. I found Del Cannon, an old friend; Henry Ford and Freddy
Pfhaler, two well-known surfers from the South Bay; Kemp Aaberg,
a hot, up-and-comer; and Dick Thomas, who was the only one of
us old enough to have an ID. We boarded the plane for the 12-hour
flight to Hawaii which gave me plenty of time to read my book,
"How to Make a Movie." Remember Slippery When Wet
is 42 years old - it was my first film - I was only 20 years
old - so gimme a break!"
"SURF CRAZY was my second surf film. It was 1959. Eisenhower
was President. Hawaii had just become a state and sputniks orbited
the Earth while American rockets blew up with great regularity
at Cape Canaveral. Most surfboards were still made of balsa
wood and surfers were rarely found outside of Hawaii and California.
Since my first film, Slippery When Wet, actually made a profit
- two dollars - I figured I'd found a career and set out to
make another film. SURF CRAZY, I decided, should feature more
adventure and Mexico seemed the logical choice. There were thousands
of miles of unexplored surf on the vast coastline and gasoline
in Mexico was only 25 cents a gallon, which suited my budget
just fine. No surfer to my knowledge had searched for surf much
south of Mazatlan. We went all the way to Acapulco. Even when
the surf wasn't much good, we were stoked. After all, it was
the tropics with warm water and swaying palms, and we were the
first ever to ride these waves. We drove 7,000 miles in a '57
Ford that had already turned over its odometer once. We visited
some places that turned out, in later years, to be premier surf
spots. I guess there wasn't much of a swell running when we
were there, but that's the nature of surf - sometimes you hit
it, sometimes you don't. We did find surf the winter of 1959-60
on the North Shore of Oahu. I think that winter at Waimea had
some of the biggest surf ever ridden, even to this day."
Surfing Hollow Days
"In 1961, I made my fourth film - SURFING HOLLOW DAYS.
The world of surfing was changing. Most of the boards were now
made of foam, surfers were doing more traveling (often on jets,
which were replacing prop planes) and Phil Edwards became the
first person to ride a seemingly unridable spot which became
known as the Pipeline. The world outside of surfing was also
changing. Gidget Goes Hawaiian played at local drive-in theaters,
Dick Dale rocked sold-out Southern California auditoriums and
The Beach Boys, who once played during the intermission at one
of my earlier films, were about to make their assault on the
music charts. Surfing was becoming "cool." People
who didn't know a standing island pullout from a pop out surfboard
suddenly wanted to get involved with the surfing "lifestyle."
They still do. I have no idea what the surfing "lifestyle"
means. We simply built our lives around surfing. Hobie made
boards. Grubby Clark made foam blanks. I made films. For some
of us things worked out well, but our approach towards life
and our perception of surfing hasn't changed. What is or was
the surfing "lifestyle?" The only answer I have is
to watch SURFING HOLLOW DAYS. Maybe it's Mickey Dora surfing
Hammonds or Kemp Aaberg arching at Rincon or Phil Edwards dazzling
the Australians or Pat Curren riding Waimea or, simply, the
twinkle in Paul Allen's eye as he tries putting on a "rubber
shirt." Because whatever surfing meant in 1961, it still
means today. Surfing is surfing."
Features: Phil Edwards dropping in on the first wave ever at
Pipeline, 12-year-old Peter Johnson riding Sunset Beach &
Waimea Classic California at Trestles, Rincon, Brooks Street
& the Wedge, First surf trip to Florida with Robert August,
Mike Haly & Kemp Aaberg.
Includes three short films. "The Wet Side" is a film
made for Hobie-MacGregor Sportswear on the surf style fashion.
"America's Newest Sport" is a film made for Hobie
about his new skateboard team, using his new flexible trucks
and clay wheels. The lost Endless Summer sequence is the first
ever surf trip to Japan, made with Del Cannon and little Peter
Johnson. Includes interviews with Phil Edwards and Corky Carroll
57 MINUTES 1960
A spellbinding adventure through surfing's colorful frontiers
with Bruce Brown and crew..
A beautiful restoration from the rich "Golden Years"
of surfing. Golden Breed reaches the pinnacle of surf movie
making at the height of the longboard era. Witness the surfing
legends risking their lives in huge Hawaiian waves. The L.A.
Times calls this by far the most magnificent movie of its
time. Whether you surfed in the late '60s, or are just want
to discover your surfing roots, it is fortunate that this
rare and irreplaceable film has been found and restored. Starring
legendary Mickey Dora, Greg Noll, Mike Doyle, David Nuuhiwa,
Nat Young, Barry Kainaiaupuni, Buffalo, Eddie Aikau, Mickey
Munoz, Jeff Hackman, Joc Sotherland, Mark Martinson, and many,
many more. See pristine California, and one of the the North
Shore's most magnificent winters of all time. This valuable
collectors item will have you hanging ten all over again.
85 min. (DVD features bonus 15 min. interview with Dale Davis
about the movie.)
Experience the excitment, the terror, the sheer force as the
world's top wave riders travel to Bali, Hawaii . . . brave the
treacherous coastline of Africa, and the Great Australian Bight
in the greatest ocean adventure ever filmed. Featuring Mark
Richards, Wayne Lynch, Rabbit Batholomew, Gerry Lopez, Simon
Anderson, Thornton Fallander, Tommy Carroll, and world champion
windsurfer Robbie Naish. With the greatest music you'll ever
hear with Men at Work, Split Enz, Mondo Rock, Australian Crawl,
The Church, Mi-Sex, and more. Dick Hoole and Jack McCoy are
two of the most incredible surfing film-makers that have ever
lived, and Storm Riders, is the greatest ocean adventure of