Surfing in the Movies: A Critical History
Surfing has fascinated filmmakers since Thomas Edison shot footage of Waikiki beach boys in 1906. Before the 1950s surf craze, surfing showed up in travelogues or as exotic background for studio features.
The arrival of "Gidget" (1959) on the big screen swept the sport into popular culture, but surfer-filmmakers were already featuring the day's best surfers in self-narrated two-reelers.
This first full-length study of surf movies gives critical attention to hundreds of the most important films.
John Engle is a professor of literature and film at the Universite de Toulon.