Bustin' Down the Door

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Bustin' Down the Door
Promotional Poster
Directed by Jeremy Gosch
Produced by Monika Gosch
Robart Traill
Shaun Tomson
Written by Jeremy Gosch
Monika Gosch
Phil Jarratt
Robert Traill
Starring Wayne Bartholomew
Ian Cairns
Mark Richards
Shaun Tomson
Michael Tomson
Peter Townend
Narrated by Edward Norton
Music by Stuart Michael Thomas
Release date
  • July 25, 2008 (2008-07-25)
Running time
95 minutes
Language English

Bustin' Down The Door is a 2008 documentary film chronicling the rise of professional surfing in the early 1970s. The film follows a group of young surfers from Australia and South Africa, including Shaun Tomson, Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew, Ian Cairns, Mark Richards, Michael Tomson and Peter Townend, as they relocate to Hawaii encountering obstacles, turf wars and massive wipeouts along the way. Clashes with the locals, some of whom find the newcomers' bravado to be insulting to Hawaiian culture, eventually culminate in death threats against the subjects of the film.


The soundtrack includes music by David Bowie, The Stooges, Eels, Leonard Cohen and Them Terribles. The Original Score was composed by Stuart Michael Thomas


Variety gave the movie a positive review saying, the picture "is certain to rank alongside Step Into Liquid, Riding Giants and Five Summer Stories in the primo category of surf movies that rip onscreen and tell a great story".[1] Shannon Kelley Gould of the Santa Barbara Independent writes that the picture "Delivered on all sorts of levels. Not just a great surf movie, but a GREAT movie."[2]

Kelly Slater called it "A breakout film. Bustin' Down the Door shows what happens during the most critical period in our sport's history when ego and historical problems clash."[3]


  1. ^ Robert Koehler (23 July 2008). "Review: 'Bustin' Down the Door'". Variety. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Ethan Stuart (17 January 2008). "Big Waves, Beat Downs, and the Birth of Modern Surfing". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bustin' Down The Door To Hit Theatres This Summer". SURF. 22 May 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 

See also[edit]

  • Bustin' Down the Door is also the title of a 1996 biography of Rabbit Bartholomew by Tim Baker.

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