Bustin’ Down the Door – Surf Film and Book

Tue, Sep 23, 2008


Bustin down the door poster

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.

A release date for the DVD has not been announced.

Bustin’ Down the Door: The Surf Revolution of ’75
, the book by Shaun Tomson that inspired the movie, is now available at Amazon.

Bustin’ Down the Door trailer


Bustin’ Down the Door alternative trailer

Exclusive Bustin' Down the Door "Lost" Trailer

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