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4/25/17

American surfers of a certain age, a lot of them, I’m guessing a majority, will say that 1972’s Five Summer Stories is the best surf movie ever made. I will smile and nod in apparent agreement before replying, “Nay, sir! Twas Going Surfin’!” But it is the gentlest of rebukes. The two films are almost twins. Greg MacGillivray and Jim Freeman made Five Summer Stories, but Bud Browne did most of the water photography. Browne’s name is on Going Surfin’, which came out a year after Stories, but MacGillivray and Freeman I believe did the heavy lifting in the edit room. Both are great films—bright and polished and warm and joyous. Surfin‘ digs deeper into the sport’s past than Stories, but otherwise you wouldn’t want to live on the difference.