Still stoked and surfing,
in their 70’s 80’s and 90’s!

Fred Van Dyke, 1961
Doc Ball, 1934
Rabbit Kekai
Woody Brown, 1937
Woody Brown, age 89
SFL poster with Eve Fletcher
Eve Fletcher
SFL producers with Doc Ball
Roy, Rabbit, Woody, Fred, DLB
SFL stars, NY Times
SFL cast, filmmakers at premiere


SURFING FOR LIFE, a vibrant and award-winning one-hour documentary about inspiring well-spent lives, offers a totally fresh look at successful aging. Narrated by Beau Bridges, it profiles ten legendary surfers who model healthy aging by staying active and engaged into their 7th, 8th and 9th decades. Through interviews, contemporary day-in-the-life footage, and a wealth of rare archival material, the film provides an eloquent and powerful antidote to the negative images of aging presented in America's youth-obsessed culture. SURFING FOR LIFE aired on PBS nationally over two years, 2001-1002.

Read more in our Press Release

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The SURFING FOR LIFE web site was funded by Pacific Islanders in Communications,
Web site advisors: Ben Finney, James Houston, Herb Kane.


Listen to NPR's Weekend Edition interview with David Brown and Roy Earnest!

David L. Brown and three surfers from SFL were featured in a story on NPR's "Only a Game" on Saturday, April 14, 2001.

SFL was the subject of a story on World News Tonight with Peter Jennings on July 13, 2000.

SFL was also profiled in Modern Maturity (April/ May, 2001), Parade Magazine (April 8, 2001), Health Magazine (April, 2001), The New York Times Magazine (April 15, 2001), and Outside, Islands, Culture, Men's Fitness, Prevention and Swimmer magazines.

David Brown appeared on the Jenny Jones Show, January 24th, 2001. includes SURFING FOR LIFE in their list of The 25 Videos That Every Surfer Should Own. (scroll down, click on "Tapping the Source")

In honor of an outdoor SFL screening in Haleiwa, the Mayor of Honolulu, Jeremy Harris, proclaimed June 30, 2002 "Surfing for Life Day" throughout Oahu, Hawai'i. The Haleiwa Beach Park audience of 20,000 may be the largest ever to attend a documentary or surf film.