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Surf Crazy

Bruce Brown , Bruce Brown    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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The second film by the grandfather of surf movies, Bruce Brown, Surf Crazy focuses on a surfing trip to Mexico in 1959, a time when surfing was so obscure that most of the Mexicans encountered along the Pacific shoreline had no idea why the crazy young Americans had long wooden boards strapped to the roof of their red Ford station wagon. The big problem with being a pioneer is that the subjects of Brown's film couldn't ask anyone where the good surfing spots were, so much of the film consists of the Americans riding rough, unmarked roads in search of worthwhile waves. Brown appears on camera to explain that when this film was first shown in venues around California, he would appear onstage and narrate it. And a recording of his original narration, full of jokes both quirky and corny, accompanies the color film footage in this version. The film itself sometimes shows its age, as scratches flicker past, but the color is vibrant and the footage of surfers in an utterly pristine environment is often riveting. The second half of the film took Brown and his trusty camera to Hawaii, where surfers hit the waves at gorgeous Waimea Bay. Surf Crazy captures a beautiful, golden era in the history of surfing, and even those who have never stepped on a board will find it very entertaining. --Robert J. McNamara

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In Surf Crazy, Bruce Brown takes a group of surfers exploring deep into unsurfed Mexico, shows some vintage California surfing and then goes on to the mammoth waves of Hawaii. Features one of the biggest waves ever ridden at Waimea Bay.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Surf Crazy June 20 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Even before Endless Summer, Bruce Brown was Surf Crazy. You don't even have to be a surfer to get totally stoked off of this DVD. Brown's expert and comic commentary show both his love of surfing and the intimate knowledge he has of the sport and those who ride the waves. This vintage 1959 footage follows four surfers to uncharted breaks in Mexico and then takes us to Hawaii where we are completely in awe of the huge swells. Along the way, Brown takes us on an adventure and introduces us to some of the most unforgettable characters that ever stood on a beach. Brown himself makes a personal appearance to comment on the film. Good thing he's not known for his acting, and the video camera sways a bit... but who cares? Let him have his five minutes on camera. The rest is dedicated to fun and adventure, with a crisp soundtrack that keeps you in the mood. I watched it with a smile the entire time - ooing and awing at some great wipe outs and amazed at how well these guys surfed on those old balsa boards without leashes and scags the size of car hoods. This DVD definitely stoked me and I can't wait to get out in the water in the morning! Shaka!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lets Do The Time Warp Again! July 13 2000
Format:DVD
Of all the non-"Endless Summer" films in the Bruce Brown Golden Years of Surf Collection, this one has always been my favorite. This is my third time to purchase this movie (my previous two VHS copies were worn out from use at parties). It lacks everything a "quality" film requires - and yet it beats the mainstream by a mile. If you want to feel like you were there (Mazatlan or the North Shore) and you love vintage surf movies, this is it. Pure, honest, classic. This is a must for true soul surfers. (Why only 4 stars? Two words: "Endless Summer" - only ES gets a 5.)
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lets Do The Time Warp Again! July 13 2000
By "kip_stubbs" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Of all the non-"Endless Summer" films in the Bruce Brown Golden Years of Surf Collection, this one has always been my favorite. This is my third time to purchase this movie (my previous two VHS copies were worn out from use at parties). It lacks everything a "quality" film requires - and yet it beats the mainstream by a mile. If you want to feel like you were there (Mazatlan or the North Shore) and you love vintage surf movies, this is it. Pure, honest, classic. This is a must for true soul surfers. (Why only 4 stars? Two words: "Endless Summer" - only ES gets a 5.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surf Crazy June 20 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Even before Endless Summer, Bruce Brown was Surf Crazy. You don't even have to be a surfer to get totally stoked off of this DVD. Brown's expert and comic commentary show both his love of surfing and the intimate knowledge he has of the sport and those who ride the waves. This vintage 1959 footage follows four surfers to uncharted breaks in Mexico and then takes us to Hawaii where we are completely in awe of the huge swells. Along the way, Brown takes us on an adventure and introduces us to some of the most unforgettable characters that ever stood on a beach. Brown himself makes a personal appearance to comment on the film. Good thing he's not known for his acting, and the video camera sways a bit... but who cares? Let him have his five minutes on camera. The rest is dedicated to fun and adventure, with a crisp soundtrack that keeps you in the mood. I watched it with a smile the entire time - ooing and awing at some great wipe outs and amazed at how well these guys surfed on those old balsa boards without leashes and scags the size of car hoods. This DVD definitely stoked me and I can't wait to get out in the water in the morning! Shaka!
3.0 out of 5 stars Surf History June 11 2011
By R. Spell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Bruce Brown is the most famous surf film artist dating back to the late 50s where his films were shown in small auditoriums. This is his second film in the last 50s. Bruce narrates and has a friendly personality. The background music is good but not the typical surf sound to be found three years later. Watch this film to view history. Recognize this is 50s surfing and it's very good but very dated. The surfing was amazingly good for the type boards they used. But still, this is very dated and I found that it didn't hold my interest like other movies like the 70s Bustin Down the Door. Not bad, but very dated.
5.0 out of 5 stars IS THIS DOCUMENTARY FROM THE 50's???!!! Feb. 21 2009
By Francisco Cortes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This documentary can't be from the 50's!! I mean... the COOL slow-mo surfing movements, the way the surfers hang out, the way they dress, the way they look, the way they pick up those HUGE waves!!! COME ON! This documentary is WAY TO COOL to be from the 50's.

P.S: I didn't know that some movie producers used Techno Rock and light Heavy Metal soundtracks back in the 50's.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 17 2014
By SFM - Published on Amazon.com
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