During the years I was making my regular surf films, I also did a number of short films, TV programs and commercials. The Wet Set is a film I made for Hobie-MacGregor Sportswear.
I think it was the first film done on surf-style fashion. After all these years, the style which endures is the surfing of Bill Hamilton, Herbie Fletcher, Mickey Munoz and Bobby Paterson.
Those guys could surf in raccoon coats and make it look stylish. Americas Newest Sport is a short film I made for Hobie.
It was about his new skateboard and skateboard team.
Hobie, as he always did, figured he could design something better.
He came up with flexible trucks and clay wheels which sure beat the old steel ones.
His skateboard team was a classic bunch of kids who performed state of the art maneuvers like riding a skateboard while covered by a trash can. The Endless Summer II would have been a good title for this TV program I did with Bud Palmer.
It includes the first-ever surf trip to Japan, which I made in the summer of 1963, with Del Cannon and little Peter Johnson.
The trip to Japan was made before Mike Hynson, Robert August and I made our world trip to make The Endless Summer.
When The Endless Summer was finished, the Japan segment didnt seem to fit and was left out.
This film includes interviews and surfing with the young hot-dogger Corky Carroll and the best surfer in the world Phil Edwards.