Surfwise

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Released 2007

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Director:
Doug Pray
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
Surfwise is a 2008 documentary about surfing, family and alternative living. Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz left his successful medical practice to experience life outside ordinary America. A noted surfer, he loaded his wife and nine children into a converted VW bus and lived their life on the road. The family followed a strict eating and living regiment that the doctor crafted out of his health principles of organic foods and athletic living. In particular, the entire family surfed. The family became famous on the surfing circuit, and middle brother Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz became a world-famous surfer. Filmmaker Dog Pray uses archival footage and present-day interviews with the entire family to explore how this transient lifestyle of home-schooling affected each of the Paskowitzs. The cramped living conditions and lack of outside friendships puts a strain on the relationships. Doc's dictatorial attitude toward the kids, eventually leads to them leaving to make their own way in the world.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Doug Pray's wonderfully engaging look at love and family and the relentless pursuit of happiness, personal meaning and perfect waves.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    What Surfwise reveals is that the dark side of the surfing doctor was that he could be a terrible tyrant, someone whose controlling, self-centered rigidity limited his children in ...

  • 60

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Somewhat forced happy ending aside, the pic holds together well.

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Categories

Documentary, Sports

Themes

Surfing, Biography