beautiful time capsule of, yes, you guessed right, skateboarding
Curated by Markus Fiedler
Total Runtime: 1:31:31
Narrated by the late, great Phil Hartmann.
Synopsis: When a reporter too laid-back for his own good is told his last chance to keep his job is to get some good photos for a story on skateboarding, he seeks out a group of four boarders who agree to take him on a skateboarding tour of California. After showing extensive footage of skateboarding moves and tricks, the film then goes on to show some surfing and snowboarding. The film is also bookended by a pair of animated shorts, both about skateboarding.
Review: You have to look at this film as a time capsule of the way skateboarding was. The skate parks that are no longer there, the long hair, the short shorts. This film took a few years to make and it was started at a time in skateboarding when the sport was evolving every month. Boards were changing shape, truck sizes changes. Early during the filming, skaters where just starting to hit coping and barely get air. Most skate parks were organic very flowing parks with no vertical, and by the end of the film, skate parks had been built with lots of vertical and pool coping. It seemed like the film was never going to be finished because it would have been outdated by the time it came out, so they kept trying to get the newest tricks on film before finishing it. Anyhow, great film!
Hal Jepsen was born in 1940, in Los Angeles, California and began surfing at 17. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA in 1968, and became a real estate agent before producing his first surf film "Cosmic Children" in 1970. Jepsen's best known work showcased Hawaiian surfers Jeff Hakman and Barry Kanaiaupuni in their prime. Jepsen followed with three more full-length surf movies:
"A Sea for Yourself" in 1973, along with "Super Session" in 1975, and "We Got Surf" in 1981. In 1978 he branched out into skateboarding with the film "Skateboard Madness," staring Stacy Peralta.
In 1997, his filmmaking accomplishments were profiled in The Surfers Journal's 50 Years of Surfing on Film series for the Outdoor Life Network.
Hal's extensive work in the early 70's surfing and skateboarding subcultures is revered today in documentaries and feature films, such as "The Lords Of Dogtown."