The Endless Summer is a 1966 documentary by Bruce Brown, following the lives of two young surfers, Michal Hynson and Robert August. August and Hynson have an ambitious goal: to travel the world, seeking out the perfect wave to ride. During winter in their native state of California, the cold ocean waves put a halt to surfing. Followed by Brown and his camera, August and Hynson go off in search of sun and sand in other parts of the world. The trio travels to Hawaii, New Zealand, Africa, Tahiti and Australia, encountering different challenges in each new place, from sharks to uncharted waters. They meet surfing legends, including Miki Dora, Butch Van Artsdalen and others, gaining a rare insight into the timeless world of surfing as well as the unique social landscape of the 1960s. Brown, August and Hynson also socialize with the locals in each new area they visit, often introducing them to the challenging joy of surfing.