Ride the Wild Surf : 1 of 5
Well, according to Greg Noll in Riding Giants, now I've seen the worst surf movie ever made. I can understand why he hates it so much, especially since the character called Eskimo in the film seems like a total rip-off of the real Greg Noll (including his signature black and white striped trunks)! This movie is definitely bad - even a semi cool Jan & Dean song can't save it (of course, the song is only during the closing credits, and nobody cares by then). The plot involves three guys who go to Hawaii to catch the big ones, and their adventures with the other hot-shot surfers and the weirdo gals who love them (one of the gals is Barbara Eden, who only looks about one third as cute as she did in I Dream of Genie). There are lots of scenes of the guys floating on their boards in nearly motionless water, then one of them will look off camera and yell "Big set coming!", then paddle off, and they cut to a guy tearing down the face of a 15 footer. Pretty hilarious, really! There's also some rear-screen close-ups (just like in Gidget), and I'm pretty sure they reuse the same shots over and over. There are three little romances to keep track of, and all of them are pretty boring. The final contest, where they surf until exhausted and the last one surfing "wins", is totally crazy, too. Oh well, I've seen this "amazing" movie so now it's out of my system!