Summer has arrived and it’s time for another round-up of great sport flick classics. The beaches are beckoning and the Best of Surf is the theme of this collection. If you can’t make it to the shore, surf’s up at home. So queue up the DVDs and get ready to paddle out, drop in and ride those waves! As always, click the image for a preview trailer.
Let’s lead it off with “Five Summer Stories”, heralded as one of the finest surf movies ever made. This classic features all the great surfers from the 70’s like Gerry Lopez, Shaun Tomson, Jeff Hakman, Corky Carroll and Margo Oberg. Filmed against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the Nixon years, the movie portrays a young, outlaw sport at a strategic point in its creative evolution.
From acclaimed director Stacy Peralta of “DogTown and Z-Boys” fame, comes “Riding Giants”, a multi-generational look at the intrepid surfers who have dedicated themselves to challenging the biggest waves on the planet. The movie features such pioneers and legends as Greg Noll, among the first who dared to enter Hawaii’s big surf in the late 1950s; Jeff Clark, who discovered the massive waves of Mavericks near San Francisco; and Laird Hamilton, considered by many to be the best big wave rider of all time.
Another 70’s classic, this fast paced, action packed film features such surf icons as Gerry Lopez, Larry Bertlemann, Eddie Aikau, Rabbit Bartholomew, Jeff Hakman, Mark Richard and Shaun Tomson, as well as DogTown skateboarders Tony Alva and Jay Adams. The movie is beautifully photographed at the famed breaks in Hawaii, California, and Australia.