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  • Actors: Robert August, Michael Hynson, Lord 'Tally Ho' Blears, Bruce Brown, Terence Bullen
  • Directors: Bruce Brown
  • Writers: Bruce Brown
  • Producers: Bruce Brown, Robert Bagley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: SonyBMG
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jun. 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A8UWL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,542 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Iconic documentary in which film maker Bruce Brown follows two surfers around the world as they search for the perfect wave. American surfers Robert August and Mike Hynson dedicate the summer of 1964 to thrill-seeking on the waves, a quest that takes them to sun-soaked beaches in Australia, West Africa and the island of Tahiti. The pair meet a number of colourful local figures along the way and even brave shark-infested waters in their bid to reach surfing nirvana.

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The definitive surf movie, this 1966 documentary by Bruce Brown is beautifully shot and thrilling to see in its portrait of youthful freedom on the world's shores. Brown followed two surfers around the globe in their quest for the perfect wave, finding it eventually on a remote beach far from home. The narration by "Big Kahuna Brown" cuts through the reverence a bit, being cheeky in tone. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MR C OWEN on 5 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
this film/documentary is about two surfers straight out of california living every surfers dream - the endless summer. Travelling to places that have never been surfed before and ripping it up they meet many strange and interesting locals on their travels. Combined with some hilarious commentary this really is worth of all five stars. A must for any surfer or surfer to be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JonnyR on 4 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
mike hynson and robert august travel the world in search of an endless summer in 1964. and that is it, simply put. travelling to various places including, west africa, south africa, australia, new zealand, tahiti (where there aren't any waves, only things) and of course hawaii! there are plenty of perfectly formed waves and incredibly long rides.

i love the old classic style of this film, both with the style of surfing (all on longboards) and the style of filming. but i think the best feature of this film is the running commentary by bruce brown. it's given with a completely hilarious dead-pan humour style.

any surfer, longboarder or shortboarder, must, i repeat must watch this film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "tomnsgraham" on 2 Nov. 2004
Format: DVD
I first watched this film on an out door screen on Manly Beach in Australia, with the surf breaking behind me.
The film sums up what surfing is all about. The best line has to be 'You should have been here yesterday'. It seems that where ever the guys travelled to, the surf was always better the day before. If you are into you surfing, this film is a must see!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This film follows two surfers quest to live the ultimate surfers dream living in and Endless summer. Armed with just a few clothes and surf boards the two surfers travel the globe finding perfect waves and perfect sun. The locations are exotic and the surfing is epic. A remake of this film was made in the 90's called Endless Summer 2 when another two surfers try and follow the path as the surfers in the 60's. A must have for all surfers out there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
In my eyes this is one of the best surf films ever made, Robert August and Mike Hynson travel around the world in serch for the perfect wave, This narrated film is a real education to the surfing world. Warning if you watch this film you will problay get those travelling blues, could get expencive!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JonnyH on 1 July 2012
Format: DVD
Just a great, classic movie. As already mentioned, the commentary takes a few minutes to get used to but once a little while has passed you're drawn in to it's charm and humour.
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By P. Purdie on 5 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
This groundbreaking and classic must see film was the first to capture the search for the perfect wave and, in complete contrast to the 1959 Hollywood movie Gidget, The Endless Summer is a true surfers' film - in fact, the first to be produced by a surfer that reached national audiences. If you don't have this title then your collection is incomplete.

The adventures of Mike Hynson and Robert August are captured in a 90 minute colour film that follows the intrepid explorers in their 35,000 mile adventure around the world. Following an interesting introduction to the early sport of surfing in the 1960's, California is soon left behind for the simpler culture of Dakar in Senegal where magic waves and warm waters are soon discovered. The quest continues to Accra in Ghana and the (then) relatively undiscovered bejewelled coastline of South Africa, from Cape Town to Durban, where spectacular and unspoiled natural treasures are revealed and surfed.

Continuing to Australia the surfers visit Perth and Melbourne always, it appears, one step behind the perfect surf conditions. Their luck doesn't improve much when they reach Auckland in New Zealand, but compared to the crowded surf breaks of modern times they were surfing in paradise.

Tahiti was the next stop, (a place where there are no waves apparently!), and includes incredible footage of surfing waves out to sea - the result of a strong backwash form a steep beach.

The penultimate destination is the surfing Mecca of Hawaii and features some of the early big wave riders in their prime.

This must-see surf classic includes intelligent and witty commentary from Bruce Brown who, overall, does an excellent job in capturing the essence of the surfing spirit and the joy of riding awesome waves in the pristine surf-spots of the early 1960's.
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Format: DVD
Five stars for surfers, no doubt. I watched this first on TV in the late 60s as a youngster fascinated by the whole thing and I'd not seen it again till today. Time plays some funny tricks and in my mind it was a kind of Beach Boys surfs up and we can't go on forever nostalgia thing. Of course I was wrong, Bruce Brown's commentary has no sense that it was all going to end with middle age or that this was a moment of golden youth never to be seen again etc. In fact it's a travelogue with some beautiful and repetitive shots most interesting early on and in Africa. There is a problem with the rather patronizing and perhaps slightly more than faintly racial references, however. He does make one comment about integration in South Africa which given the context isn't really enough. The commentary is occasionally amusing. The music is not surf music apart from the slightly better theme tune which has an end-of-the-day mood to it. Couldn't really have been made at any other time in this way - has 1964 all over it.
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