Classic Film Review- North Shore


Directed by William Phelps, North Shore not only explores surfing, but also what culture is like in Hawaii. It is a beautiful story that stars Nia Peeples, Matt Adler, John Philbin, Gerry Lopez, Gregory Harrison and a few real life surfers like Shaun Tomson, Laird Hamilton, Derek Ho, and a few others.

Rick Kane is an eighteen year old who saved up his whole life to go to Hawaii to surf. However, when he arrives, his things are stolen and he runs afoul of a local group the Hui after they humiliate him on the waves.

He meets Turtle, who introduces him to Chandler who agrees to train him and teach him about surfing the Hawaiian waves. He meets and falls in love with Kiani who helps him adjust to the local customs.

As he trains, he finds that surfing is more than a sport, it is a lifestyle.

This movie is frequently mentioned in pop culture references and was even parodied to some extent in the animated film Surf’s Up. The acting is good, the story is great, and the visuals of the Hawaiian scenery is amazing. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

FAVORITE QUOTE: I may not make it, but I got a try.

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Foul Language and Minor Violence

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