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5.0 out of 5 stars
Awe Inspiring. Simply Brilliant..., 8 Jan. 2012
For anyone interested in the roots of modern professional surfing this motion picture is a must have!
Largely focused on the "Free Ride" generation of the early '70s, Bustin' Down the Door reveals the true stories behind the uprising of some of the most influential surfers to have graced the water.
Narrated by Edward Norton and featuring intimate interviews with Shaun Tomson, Rabbit Bartholomew, Mark Richards(MR), Ian Cairns, Peter Townend and Mark Warren, talking of the infamous waves along Oahu's legendary North Shore which they rode with a style, aggression, and raw courage unseen prior to their arrival. Collectively, these surfers changed the face of surfing and were the first to really apply themselves as serious professional surfers.
Packed with beautifully shot footage of these masters at work it tells the truly inspirational tale of how they moved over from Australia and South Africa to pioneer a sport that, at the time, was only seen as a past time for "beach bums".
However, this is no surfing fairytale! Enduring incredibly hard times, from confrontations with Da Hui (a group of "locals" in Hawaii dedicated to promoting respect and equality in the lineup) to having contracts put out on their lives, this is a testament to how far these young men were willing to go to make surfing what it is today!
10 out of 10! If you're a surf bum, you've gotta watch it!