Director: Bruce Brown

Anyone who’s ever shown any interest in surfing is at least familiar with The Endless Summer. The seminal surfing film follows Mike Hynson and Robert August as they catch waves all around the world, on a quest to ride alongside locals and introduce newbies (in Tahiti, New Zealand, and South Africa, just to name a few) to the sport. Stunning cinematography, a laid-back soundtrack by The Sandals, and a relaxed narrative style capture the essence of the box-office hit’s mission: To chase summer after summer around the globe.

Since its premiere, the critically acclaimed film’s been credited with encouraging avid surfers to find new, undiscovered spots and also with transforming Cape Town, South Africa, into one of the world’s most famous surf destinations.