‘Ride the Wild Surf’ (Don Taylor, 1964)
Hollywood’s first real surf movie (any wave-riding action in ‘Gidget’ was simply background dressing), and while the story is paint-by-numbers, the North Shore action sequences are legit. ‘Wild Surf‘ forever put to rest the idea that California surf-rebel Mickey Dora couldn’t handle the heavies: As stunt double for protagonist Jody Wallis, Dora, looking sharp in his offset orange-and-yellow trunks and matching board, charges with tremendous style at Waimea Bay. Better still, every 15 or 20 minutes, we get to see Barbara Eden and Shelly Fabares, in all their mid-sixties, bikini-clad glory, pop up from their beach towels, gasp, and look with concern as their surfing steadies get flogged by the waves.
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