Using a mix of film that the Zephyr skateboard team (Z-Boys) shot in the 1970s by Craig Stecyk along with contemporary interviews, the documentary tells the story of a group of teenage surfer/skateboarders and their influence on the history of skateboarding (and to a lesser extent surfing) culture.
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A superb skateboarding documentary, since surpassed by others that have come along in its wake (Bones Brigade remains my favourite nowadays), this provides a superb mix of archive footage, comments from those featured now all grown up, and a lively soundtrack.
The film leaves you feeling it perfectly captures this moment in time. The words are cut & backed up with gorgeous sun bleached action shots. If you come from a generation where children played outside & made whatever the environment offered their playground & arena to compete in you will identify completely with the pool light target in their first pool skating session.
A wonderful documental piece about the team that created modern skateboarding in California. Made with original footage, it's a great introduction to the recent history of the sport, of how it evolved from surfing, and how a group of young surfers, in the mid-70's, reinvented it. The story is quite exciting, and we do get the apeal skateboarding would have for the coming generations. What a creative wildness!
watch it all over again. ''Jay adams died today the men who change it everything a role model not just for me for most of the dogs/rats change my friends and the ones i grew up watching skating while i was young he regret about some stuff he did but the most important thing he kept loyal to it without selling is own soul out he respected skateboarding and the others he did what he want'' That makes you the one.
Having grown up on the East Coast and participated in skate culture in fits and starts over the years, in some ways the film served to remind me of things that I knew but had forgotten. The movie connected some dots but it was not revelatory. I guess it falls into that category of documentaries about things you didn't experience (thus, you can learn about) but were somewhat connected to (thus, you are somewhat jaded)
Exciting and comprehensive documentary of far reaching appeal and interest, not exclusively for surfing/skating enthusiasts. A sun bleached snapshot of a cultural moment, and movement. Informative and extensive.
I don't care about skateboard and ist culture all that much. But as far as traditional documentaries go this was well delivered, gave me information to think about in a field I know nothing about (and I am sure the experts would disagree with some). I must say that after Inside Job, am Impressed by sony's production of documentary (they do not exactly crop up on my screen often). Good photography and storytelling.