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Sweet Adventure: An ode to the 1966 surf classic, The Endless Summer, narrated by Selema Masekela

A surf film narrated by Hugh Masekela’s son, Selema, also known as Sal Masekela, will have an African premiere at the Labia Theater in Cape Town.

Screening for Sweet Adventure – directed by Emmy Award-winning South African filmmaker Peter Hamblin – will take place at the Labia Theatre. The chosen location will close a circle that has lasted since 1966 when the father of South African surfing, John Whitmore, showed The endless summer to the theater for the first time in Africa.

As humans stepped out of the confines of pandemic lockdowns, they cleverly forged links to endless summer, the most-watched surfing documentary of all time, attempt to find the essence of “soft” adventure.

To rekindle that spirit of old-school adventure, three Californians who embrace the carefree, sunny culture of surfing and skateboarding, Albee Layer, Matt Meola and Nora Vasconcellos, embark on a surf trip to El Salvador, the small country of America on the Pacific coast.

As Hamblin brings Hollywood flair to Sweet AdventureMasekela’s acerbic narration contrasts ironically with the picturesqueness of Bruce Brown’s dialogue in Endless summer.

The stars of the 1994 sequel, endless summer 2Pat O’Connell and Roberg Wingnut Weaver, also appear in Sweet Adventurefollowed by a cameo from Dana Brown, son of Bruce, who directed and narrated the original.

Between fascinating cultural interactions in El Salvador, the trio of two well-known surfers, Layer and Meola, and skate champion Vasconcellos discover pristine spots along a spectacular coastline. They manage to find the magic they seek – the zeitgeist of their “sweet adventure”.


Masekela’s background as a famous American television host, sports commentator and actor is highlighted in the film. His cynical wit and dry disdain for modern attitudes are the perfect counterpoint to Hamblin’s dazzling use of camera technique and editing.

The film will be screened in partnership with the Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival on Friday August 26 at the Labia Theatre, followed by an after party at the Athletic Club & Social.

Tickets can be purchased HERE.