It’s been called the finest surf movie ever made. The film’s unusual format—a montage of vignettes or stories—perfectly captured a fractured era in which an explosion of creativity and revolutionary change was shaking down the old order, taking the sport of surfing into new and unknown territory. Although Five Summer Stories went through several (and increasingly popular) incarnations, the fundamental story remained the story of 1972: that the pure, innocent joy of surfing was symbolic of man’s best possibilities on an Earth without war or politics or environmental destruction.
Now, in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary, Greg MacGillivray has edited a new version that includes ten stories rather than the original five. Digitally remastered and with a new digital soundtrack, this truly is the last, best version of this iconic surf film.