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New surf doc revives a genre

Updated: April 27, 2011, 4:19 PM ET
By Micah Abrams | ESPN Action Sports

On Monday, the movie "Splinters" premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival and took the resurgent genre of surf documentary to new heights.

It's fair to say that the godfather of surf filmmaking, Bud Browne, was a documentarian in the purest sense. His first movies were observational, unencumbered by contemporary demands for narrative or structure. He discovered something he found fascinating to watch (nascent surfing and surf culture), trained a camera on it and hit record. ...

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