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Many documentaries about lifestyle sports are bankrolled by sporting goods companies, and inevitably their thesis is that you're not truly alive unless you're skiing/skateboarding/rock climbing, etc. As far as I can tell this surfing movie by Dana Brown is legit, but it has the same basic thrust, as pro surfers the world over testify with varying degrees of articulation to the magic of the waves. In his narration Brown says that he wants to dispel the image of surfers as airheaded slackers, an ambition undercut by his own breathless and clumsy writing. But to his credit he collects some fascinating stories: in Texas fanatics catch waves generated by supertankers in the Galveston ship canal; in Ireland three American brothers have opened a surfing camp that unites Catholic and Protestant kids; and in Southern California a fellow left paraplegic after a wipeout still surfs while lying on his stomach. 87 min.

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