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Searching for Tom Curren
The 25th Anniversary digitally remastered classic, Searching for Tom Curren, a film by the late great Sonny Miller and winner of the 1997 SURFER Poll Awards Movie of the Year.
Santa Barbara's own three-time World Surfing Champion, Tom Curren, discovers new waves around the world, tests the limits of board design, and takes us into his refreshing and thoughtful outlook on surfing and life.
Tom has influenced a generation of surfers with his humble and kind character as well as his clean and radical approach to riding waves.
Tom continues to play music, surf and live life to the fullest. Tom and Maki Curren have been married for 25+ years.
Quotes & Film Reviews
Curren’s near-mythic first waves at J-Bay, his paradigm-shifting Fireball Fish session at Bawa, his famous hand-jive exit at Backdoor—all interlaced among 38-minutes of fast, powerful, and technical rail surfing that transcends time.
"Curren was the spiritual leader of an eclectic band of surf gypsies. Carefully selected by behind-the-scenes svengali Derek Hynd."
Tim Baker | The Rip Curl Story
"You know what held it together was Sonny's personality. He had this way of cheering people up when they were not feeling so good. So that's what he was able to do, look at the hilarity as opposed to looking at the hassle."
"We were inspired by our opportunity to be given this glorious pathway, and there was no Surfline. Many times, our endeavors were rewarded by our commitment to believe, like buying a lotto ticket. We didn't rely on guarantees."
"Sonny was probably one of the best people I've ever traveled with. He had the most upbeat nature. You could be in the most diabolical situation and Sonny is all happy and ready to go."
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"Searching for Tom Curren is almost certainly the finest surf film ever made. It stars our little sport’s most eccentric surfing genius at the height of his powers, and it was made by the late Sonny Miller, another of our maestros, also at his own artistic zenith."
"Tom Curren's surfing has impacted every surfer in the world over the last 10 years."
Kelly Slater | 1996
" This is one of the finest surf films ever made. Curren is an artist and a genius. His surfing is fluid, powerful, instinctive and brave."
The Sun-Herald Sydney, Australia | November 24, 1996
"For many surf historians, surf filmmakers & fans, Searching for Tom Curren is one of the best movies of all times."
"I've watched Searching for Tom Curren like a kagillion times!"