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.