March 26, 2009

'The Endless Summer' comes to Arroyo Seco

ARROYO SECO, Jalisco, Mexico - In 1966 - the same year I graduated from high school in Jamestown, New York - I saw the movie, The Endless Summer by Bruce Brown, a classic film about surfing around the world.

  • Endless Summer movie clip

  • And two days ago, I met Richard (who likes to go by Ricardo here). Ricardo hails from South Africa and grew up on the coast where the South Africa scenes of the movie were filmed.

    He has vivid memories of being a child with movie people - and famous surfers - coming and going in his house.

    As you might suspect, Richard/Ricardo is a surfer and has been his entire life.

    Ricardo spent two days with us, surfing both days and getting some very good rides. In fact, as I write this, he is pondering whether he and his amiga Amy should spend one more night (which means surfing in the morning) or head back up the highway towards Puerto Vallarta.

    Today Richard caught a great wave - not quite Endless Summer quality - but close.

    And here's the video of it:

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