“Big Wednesday”: a film about surfing and friendship in times of war

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For many surfers, film critics, and surf historians, “Big Wednesday” is the greatest surf movie of all time.

The film chronicles the story of three young California surfers – Matt Johnson (Jan-Michael Vincent), Jack Barlowe (William Katt), and Leroy “The Masochist” Smith (Gary Busey) – who breathe and live surfing during the Vietnam War days.

Despite their different personalities, they all share a common ground – the passion for waves – and struggle to transition to adulthood, between 1962 and 1974.

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