Hollywood Tries Again

Surfing in pop culture, as depicted in TV shows and movie theaters, expanded and mellowed during the 1990s and 2000s, and the previous era’s over-the-top icons—stoner Jeff Spicoli and madman Colonel Kilgore—began to morph into surprisingly real people. This was literally true for a string of top-notch surfing documentaries. Apparently, just about any topic imaginable can be filtered effectively through a surfing lens—aging, terminal illness, and family turmoil, in that order, were well-served...