Witzig, Paul

Tuned-in, turned-on Aussie surf filmmaker from Sydney, Australia, whose trio of roughhewn films—The Hot Generation (1968), Evolution (1969), and Sea of Joy (1971)—cinematically defined the shortboard revolution.

Witzig was born (1940) and raised in Sydney, began surfing at Palm Beach at age 11, and got his first break as a filmmaker in 1962, when Californian Bruce Brown gave him a 16-millimeter camera and hired him to shoot Australian footage for Brown's upcoming movie The Endless Summer. Wi...