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Surfwise is a 2007 American documentary film about the 11-member Doc Paskowitz family, which was directed by Doug Pray. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 11 September 2007 and had its U.S. premiere on 9 May 2008. Paskowitz went to Stanford University Medical School, became an M.D., and espoused a philosophy of holistic health and diet, while raising his large family of eight boys and one girl in a camper, and founding a school of surfing.

Critical reception[edit]

The film appeared on some critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008. Noel Murray of The A.V. Club named it the 6th best film of 2008,[1] and Tasha Robinson of The A.V. Club named it the 7th best film of 2008.[1] The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews, holding 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.3/10 on IMDB. Men’s Journal lists it as one of the best surf films of all time - second only to The Endless Summer.[2]

The film's soundtrack is an original composition by John Dragonetti of The Submarines.


  1. ^ a b "Metacritic: 2008 Film Critic Top Ten Lists". Metacritic. Archived from the original on January 2, 2009. Retrieved January 11, 2009.
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