By Basil Tsiokos | Indiewire July 10, 2013 at 9:18AM
A classic of the genre, Bruce Brown's seminal 1966 film "The Endless Summer" follows two surfers as they travel around the world in a quest to ride the waves all year long. Nearly 30 years later, Brown continued the journey with "The Endless Summer Revisited," featuring never-before-seen footage from the original trip.
Another man to embrace the surfing lifestyle is at the core of Doug Pray's acclaimed "Surfwise." Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz abandoned his medical career to live an unconventional life on the road devoted to surfing, while raising a brood of nine children.
Ted Woods explores the history and mythology of surfing in "White Wash," detailing its development by Pacific Islanders and demonstrating that it's not just a white sport by focusing on the accomplishments of people of color on the waves.
Nic Hofmeyr's "Taking Back the Waves" tackles similar issues, but through the lens of surfing in South Africa. Under apartheid, black people were forbidden access to beaches, leaving a painful legacy that some have tried to reverse in recent years by teaching black children to surf.
Finally, Jason McAfee's "Charlie Don't Surf" confronts stereotypes of the disabled as it follows three men in wheelchairs who take on the challenge of learning how to surf in Costa Rica.
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