Bustin’ Down the Door recently won the prestigious 2008 Movie of the Year award by Surfer Magazine. The film documents the rise of Australians Peter Townend, Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew, Mark Richards, Ian Cairns and South Africans Shaun Tomson and Michael Tomson on the North Shore of Oahu in 1975. The emergence of these surfers is critical to the history of the sport as it not only planted the seeds for what we now know as professional surfing but it also documents the transition of the sport from an underground pursuit of criminals and stoners to a multi-billion dollar industry.
As the North Shore is the proving grounds of surfing, the film illustrates the arrival of the Australians and South Africans and details their radical surfing in the hopes of getting sponsors and pictures in the magazines. It was a contrast in styles, the new radical generation of foriegn surfers was also looking to replace the nonchalant Hawaiian surf legends such as Gerry Lopez, Reno Abellira, Jeff Hakman and Barry Kanaiaupuni. And let’s just say the Hawaiians did not exactly welcome these haoules with the Aloha spirit.
Bustin’ Down the Door trailer
Bustin’ Down the Door alternative trailer