On April 22-23, 1970, George Greenough’s Surf film The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun premiered, forever changing surf films.
Wielding a 28-pound waterproof camera rig on his shoulder, Greenough was the first surfer and filmmaker to capture the view from the inside of the barrel.
Surfing has one maneuver whose feeling has no parallel: the tube ride. And until 1970, vision inside the tube was restricted only to the surfers capable of putting themselves in the right position and even then, it only lasted a second. That is, until Santa Barbara native George Greenough’s seminal scene in his only full-length flick, The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun.*
“This release is essential watching because it is a cinematic masterwork of the highest magnitude.” – Surfer Today
George Greenough was born 1941 in Santa Barbara, CA. Greenough is credited for the design of the modern surf fin as well as with influencing modern surfing’s more radical maneuvers.
This film was considered so inspiring by surfers that entire audiences of them would yell and shout for the duration of the movie. The film caught the attention of Pink Floyd, who went on to use the film as a backdrop for their concerts.
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