Wading affectionately back to the mid ’70s, director Jeremy Gosch’s easy, breezy surf-doc explores how a group of cocky-as-hell Aussies and South Africans helped evolve wave-riding from a Hawaiian hobby into a global industry.
Nudging an interesting idea – how the birth of pro surfing was an act of cultural theft – but never dipping into it, Bustin’ Down The Door struggles to bring much new to the sub-genre owned by Riding Giants.
Still, the vintage surf footage packs some thumping wipeouts and there’s fresh relish in the sidestory of local Hawaiian surfers handing out beatings to their gnarly foreign invaders.
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