Corky Carroll: Reminiscing about the endless ‘Endless Summer’
In the spring of 1964, Dana Point surf filmmaker Bruce Brown invited a small group of local surfers and friends over for an informal premier of his soon-to-be-released surfing movie, the “Endless Summer.” He was in the final editing process and gave us each of us in attendance a comment sheet to fill out in hopes of getting ideas for the final cut.
Obviously, we were all blown away with the film and I think pretty much everybody agreed that it would be a huge hit — though I doubt any of us really had any clue as to how big a hit it would become.
Shortly after that, an invitation-only official premier was held in Santa Monica, followed a week or so later with the departure of nine of us in a mobile home taking off across the country for the first public showings, which would be on the East Coast. The crew included Brown and his wife Pat, Hobie Alter and his wife Sharon, Phil Edwards and his wife Heidi, Mike Hynson, Joey Cabel and myself. I was 15 and stoked.