In Search of Da Cat


Directed By: Ovidio Salazar
Released : 1996
Duration: 58 min
Created For: La Sept/ARTE

A personal journey to find the legendary Mickey Dora, inventor of the myth of the rebel surfer. The director, Ovidio Salazar, picks up the trail of Da Cat in Malibu and takes us through France to Africa. His is a search for a simpler life, a lost youth in the California of the sixties. Along the way we encounter an assortment of surfers, characters and casualties. Da Cat was a role model and philosopher, but where have his ideas taken him? By the end of the sixties commerce had come to the beach. What happened to Da Cat, did he too sell out or is he still out there waiting for the perfect wave?


“An elegiac film poem to a lost era” Dathi O Sunnaig, Donegal Democrat.