surf movies

Feature-length movies made by and for surfers, mostly filled with a series of surf-action montages. Energetic and perfectly tailored for the audience, surf movies from the late 1950s to the late '70s were greeted with wild enthusiasm. "The surf movie is a high-energy situation," Surfer noted in 1975. "Next to actually being in the water, it can provide the most intense moments of our surfing lives."

The surf movie got started in 1953, when 41-year-old schoolteacher and former lifeguard Bud B...