Sunday, June 7, 2009

Surfwise : Chairmen of the Board, Part 4

Continued from “Riding Giants”

“Surfwise” isn’t about so much about surfing as it is about life and family. This documentary tells the story of the Paskowitz’s, the first family of surfing. The patriarch, Doc Paskowitz, was a successful Stanford-educated physician who chucked it all to become a surfer. He marries and raises 9 children in his nomadic, beach-bum style in a motorhome, with as far as I can tell, no visible means of support. To this day, Doc insists he gave his kids the best education they could have ever had, but they beg to differ. They’re ill-prepared for the demands of a modern world, some with no real jobs or options in life. It’s kind of selfish and sad. Doc may have pursued his dreams but he all but dashed those of his kids.

My review on Twitter: Surfwise-Doc Paskowitz follows his dream of a surfer’s life. And the 9 kids he raised in a trailer end up with the nightmares. 7 (out of 10)


Released: 2007

Rating: R

Length: 93 minutes

Cast: Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, Juliette Paskowitz, Israel Paskowitz, Jonathan Paskowitz

Director: Doug Pray

Genre(s): Documentary, Biopic

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