The hidden "San Diego Surf" movie by Andy Warhol

San Diego Surf: Andy Warhol's surfing adventures

In 1968, Andy Warhol directed the "San Diego Surf" movie. The 90-minute film was shot in La Jolla, California, and features Joe Dallesandro, Viva and Taylor Mead in a colorful and hilarious pop artwork.

The surf movie by Andy Warhol was finished, but never hit the box office until 1995, when the Warhol Museum commissioned co-direct Paul Morrissey to finish it. In 2011, "San Diego Surf" saw the light of day at a special screening event.

The relationship between Andy Warhol and surfing is quite interesting and unusual. "La Jolla was one of the most beautiful places I'd ever seen. We rented a mansion by the sea and a couple of other houses for the people who were going to be in the movie", explained the pop art artist.

"Everybody was so happy being in La Jolla that the New York problems we usually made our movies about went away - the edge came right off everybody. From time to time I'd try to provoke a few fights so I could film them, but everybody was too relaxed even to fight. I guess that's why the whole thing turned out to be more of a momento of a bunch of friends taking a vacation together than a movie", he added.

An Artistic Chaos

History books say the police were "all over" Warhol and his entourage of actors and actresses. The filming of "San Diego Surf" took two weeks, and it was a complete artistic circus with drinks, drugs and craziness.

Viva, a Warhol superstar, went mad when she thought that Michael Boosin and Eric Emerson had put mescaline in her drink. It seems they didn't do it, but she kept furious for several days.

"San Diego Surf" tells the story of a married couple that has rented an extra beach house to a group of surfers sent by a Mr. Morrissey of La Jolla Realty. Ingrid Superstar, playing the daughter of Taylor and Viva, is pregnant and looking for a husband.

Mead tries to pawn her off to any half-interested surfer he can find. There are homosexual and bisexual hints, ecstasy and urination. Pop art, surfing and surrealism for all tastes.

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