1960s & 1970s SURF MOVIE POSTERS
Surf movie posters and handbills are highly sought after by many collectors and non-collectors. You'll find them complementing surfboard collections, as decor in restaurants, lawyer's & doctor's offices, surf shops & surf museums and just about anywhere a surfer might live or do business.
These posters originated in the 50's & 60's when early surfer filmakers such as legendary John Severson and Bud Browne traveled the earth to capture the pure essence of early surfing.
To advertise and promote their movie making endeavors, they created surf film posters and plastered them in school hallways, community centers, electric-telephone poles and near auditoriums where their opening feature film would be played.
Of course, young surfers would find these wonderful posters of surfing art, remove them from wherever they were found and often tack them up in their room or add them to their scrapbook... Thus, the beginnings of a surf movie poster collection.
In part, because of these early filmaker's ability to capture the surfing way of life, we all want to be a part of this classic cult history, so in turn, we have become collectors and help keep the spirit alive.
Below is a list of popular filmakers whose films are documented in these posters,starting with the earliest pioneers to later influenced followers.While this list may not be complete, it gives an idea of how and when these early surf movies came to be.
Bud Browne:(1953-1976) Hawaiian Surfing Movie, Hawaiian Holiday,Trek to Makaha, The Big Surf, Surf Down Under, Cat On A Hot Foam Board, Surf Happy, Spinning Boards, Cavalcade Of Surf, Gun Ho, Locked In, Going Surfing.
(1957-1958) Search For Surf, Surfing Highlights
(1958-1964) Surf, Surf Safari, Surf Fever, Big Wednesday, Going My Wave, Angry Wave, Surf Classics
(1958-1964) Slippery When Wet, Surf Crazy, Barefoot Adventure, Surfing Hollow Days, Waterlog, Endless Summer
(1960-1964) Sunset Surf Craze, Surf Mania, Psyche Out, Once Upon A Wave, Dr. Strangesurf
(1960-1965) The Wonderful World of Surfing,Too Hot to Handle, Out Of Control & Surfin' Wild, North Swell, For Surfers Only, The Last Wave
(1961-1962) Bottoms Up, Standing Room Only
1962 Hot Dog On A Stick
(1961-1963) Surf's Up, Have Board Will Travel
Ed De Priest:
1963 Ride on the Wild Side
(1963) Northside Story, The Call Of The Surf, Surfing Aussie
(1963-1965) Let There Be Surf, Outside the Third Dimension, The Glass Wall
(1964/1965) A Cool Wave Of Color, The Performers
(1963-1968) Walk On The Wild Side, Strictly Hot, Inside Out, A Place Called Malibu, The Golden Breed
MacGillivray & Freeman:
(1967-72) Free and Easy, Who's Best, Waves of Change, Five Summer Stories,
Here are a few other popular 70s (and early 80s) Surf Movies:
When you collect surf movie posters you're collecting vintage surfing art and preserving an important part of surfing history.
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