The Endless Summer

1964 | Documentary | 95 minutes | English


Bruce Brown filmed spectacular shots of surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August as they searched for the “perfect wave” around the world. The title, The Endless Summer came to Bruce when he discovered that with enough money and time, he can experience year-round summer by moving from the northern to the southern hemisphere and back. Bruce originally planned to fly only to Cape Town. His travel agent informed him that for an extra $50 he could buy a plane ticket that would circumvent the globe. That opened up new vistas for Bruce. He now would test the waves off the coasts of Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, Senegal, Nigeria, and South Africa. Along the way, Bruce, Mike, and Robert learn how fascinating people can be in different parts of the world. They also manage to give surfing lessons to some of the bewildered locals. 

Major participants: Bruce Brown (Narrator, Filmmaker) / Mike Hynson (Surfer) / Robert August (Surfer)
Why Stream This Film?
It’s probably the greatest surfing movie ever made. But more than that, it’s a great adventure film.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
  • The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
  • The film received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
It’s part surfing film, part travelogue, occasionally even an anthropological study and wildlife film, but ultimately it visually taps into the wanderlust that sends us to far-flung beaches in search of an escape from life that we can’t find at home. When Mike and Robert balance on a board on a perfectly curling wave, they’re a portrait of the balance and serenity we all seek from the ideal summer vacation.
Ian Buckwalter


Here, at last, is a completely uncomplicated film, fresh and natural, designed only to please. It does. Shunning the tons of equipment ordinarily taken on location, Brown used only what he could carry. The beautiful photography he brought home almost makes you wonder if Hollywood hasn’t been trying too hard.
Roger Ebert

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