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Bustin’ Down the Door Set to Premier

Over the years there have been hundreds, if not thousands, of surf documentaries made around the sport of surfing. Bustin’ Down the Door attempts to tell one of the most pivotal and important stories of them all.

Set to debut in Santa Barbara on January 27, Bustin’ Down the Door chronicles a tumultuous two-year period of competitive and cultural clashes in the mid-Seventies in surfing’s Mecca, Hawaii’s North Shore of Oahu. The film is seeking to tell the story of six legendary pioneers, cousins Shaun and Michael Tomson of South Africa and Aussies Mark Richards, Rabbit Bartholomew, Peter Townend, and Ian Cairns, as their passion drives them from their home-breaks to surfings ‘holy land’.

Coming over completely unrecognized and unknown while seeking to overtake Hawaii’s own surf-legends like Gerry Lopez and Reno Abellira, the crew faced an incredible amount of resistance and turmoil while blowing minds and revolutionizing the sport of surfing as we know it in the process. Bustin’ Down the Door is attempting to capture the drama, emotion, energy, and passion that surrounded this crucial time period of our sport in its infancy.

Although I’ve dabbled, I wouldn’t consider myself an avid skateboarder. That being said I was a huge fan of Dogtown and the Legend of Z-boys (the non-Hollywood documentary) and its ability to take you through the ups-and-downs during the revolutionary period of skating. In its own way Bustin’ Down the Door is seeking to do the same in telling a story that anyone with any interest at all in this great sport should hear.

With a soundtrack featuring Queen, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and more as well as narration by Edward Norton, Bustin’ Down the Door is combining style and substance in it’s attempt to take us through that time period. This is a journey that I cannot wait to take.

Posted by Cameron on Friday, January 25th, 2008 in Surfing.

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One Response to “Bustin’ Down the Door Set to Premier”

  • Erin A. Says:

    That was such a good movie. I hope it is shown in theatres throughout the world. Shaun Tomson, Rabbit Bartholomew, PT, Ian Cairns, Michael Tomson, Mark Richards, and Reno Abellira “talked story” live on the stage right after the showing. They were so personable as members of the audience approached them on their way out.

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