At first glance, “Surfwise”, the new documentary by director Doug Pray might seem like just another surf film. But dig a tiny bit deeper, and you’ll find it’s really a portrait of a wildly dynamic family. To describe them as unusual, well, that would be an understatement.
The film follows Doc Paskowitz, a Stanford educated doctor who chucked it all to pursue his dream at all costs. We get an intimate look at this amazing family of nine kids and two parents all living together in a 24 foot camper(!) who survived on love, pathos and surfing every day of their lives.
Doc believed in the simple life. Eat like an animal with super healthy food (mostly vegetables), get massive outdoor exercise (hence the surfing) and a huge dose of sex (hence the nine kids). His wife Julia was pregnant or nursing for ten years straight.
If you ever wanted to drop out of society, check out this film. It’s a reminder of how every decision we make, affects every single person around us.
It’s opening this Friday night, 9/28 at the Swerve Festival and if you see only one film, make it this one.