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Travel Movie Tuesday: Dreaming of 'The Endless Summer'

August 26, 2014 at 7:15 AM | by | ()

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

As the days get shorter and shorter in the approach to the end of Summer, we've chosen this week's travel movie for the purposes of sun, beach and sand. "The Endless Summer" is a 1966 film following two Southern Californian surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, around the globe as they search for the best waves in some of the most picturesque locations on the planet.

Part documentary, part home-movie, this film by Bruce Brown, an avid surfer himself, is all about chasing the season known for great weather. Brown struck upon the idea when a travel agent mentioned that a flight needed from Los Angeles would cost $50 more than a journey circumnavigating the globe, thus giving us some of the greatest shots of the two catching waves from Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Tahiti and South Africa.

One of the first surfing films of its day, The Endless Summer not only created an impetus for homegrown surfers to pack-up their boards and head to new spots around the world, meeting new people along the way, but it also marked some spots as premiere worldwide surf destinations. One such locale was Cape St. Francis, in South Africa.

This is a surfing movie, for sure, but a movie that shows the wonder of travel while meeting locals that just happens to include awesome photography. If this one film isn't enough to satisfy your need of great tricks on killer waves, Brown released a sequel with new beaches in France, Bali, Costa Rica, Java and even Alaska. In 2000, Brown's son even followed in dad's footsteps and remastered the original to include exclusive interviews with the athletes.

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