How Apocalypse Now inspired surfing in the Philippines

Just how influential is Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now? Well, here’s something quite unexpected: it has even inspired Filipinos to pick up surfing. It was at Baler, a fishing town in northern Philippines, where the surfing scene was shot, and the locals who watched the actors surf were intrigued.

“When the filming finished, some of the crew left their surfboards behind, and my friend and I picked up the boards and taught ourselves how to surf… we’ve been surfing ever since,” said one surfer who hung out at the film set in 1979 when he was ten. The place has since been dubbed Charlie’s Point.

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