Surfwise (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Surfwise 2007

Directed by Doug Pray

Highly entertaining portrait of 84-year-old surf legend 'Doc' Paskowitz and the nine kids he raised to live the nomadic surfing lifestyle. "Wonderfully engaging." — NY Times

USA In English
93 minutes DigiBeta



Dave Horncy


John Dragonetti


Dorian 'Doc' Paskowitz
Juliette Paskowitz
David Paskowitz
Jonathan Paskowitz
Abraham Paskowitz
Israel Paskowitz
Moses Paskowitz
Adam Paskowitz
Salvador Paskowitz
Navah Paskowitz
Joshua Paskowitz


Toronto, Amsterdam Documentary 2007; Sydney 2008


"Doc" Paskowitz is the thriving 84-year-old patriarch of a famous surfing family. A PhD scholar and one of the sport‘s originating legends, Doc raised his nine children in a 24-foot campervan on various beaches across the United States, Mexico, Hawaii, and Israel. He enforced a holistic lifestyle, living off the land with few luxuries. The children‘s only duty was to surf. Years later, lacking any formal education, the kids are struggling to make a living: but Doc is still enjoying his daily surf. Director Doug Pray‘s (Hype!, Scratch) portrait of his larger-than-life subject and the family who "lived the dream" is highly entertaining - and stimulatingly ambivalent. — BG

"A wonderfully engaging look at love and family and the relentless pursuit of happiness, personal meaning and perfect waves... Few [documentary subjects] live up to their screen time as easily as Doc, a born pitchman, part carny, part evangelical, who even in his 80s continues to spread the Paskowitz gospel (clean living, clean surfing) with fervor." — Manohla Dargis, NY Times