Trivia, fun facts and more for the 1987 Comedy
movie starring Matt Adler
, Gregory Harrison, Nia Peeples et al.
Contributed by: Dane Holland
The real TURTLE cameos twice in the movie. John Philbin's TURTLE actually greets the real TURTLE as he and Rick Kane enter the competitor's pre-contest meeting and the real TURTLE is standing outside the fence as Rick exits the staging area (Lopez's back yard) before the contest.
Pidjin is a local dialect that has been around way longer than "North Shore." It is spoken by people on all of the Hawaiian islands, not just surfers.
Contributed by: Michael Sandercock
The painted blonde buff surfer at the outdoor party scene is the legendary big wave (and probably greatest surfer of all time) Laird Hamilton (married to Gabriel Reese).
Contributed by: Teresa Parks
Nia Peeples can also been seen in Seasons 4,5, and 6 of the hit tv show "Fame". She also is part of the "Walker Texas Ranger" cast.
Now that the film has developed a cult following and is well-known on the North Shore itself, an activity in the film that involves wrapping a lava rock in a palm leaf, making a wish and then placing it in an area made popular by the film, has been prohibited.
Contributed by: THIEN VO 864
John Philbin (Turtle) and Matt Adler (Rick Kane) became good friends while filming North Shore and still are to this day. Sometimes while mucking around they still refer to eachother as their character names. John also still calls Rick a kook and a barney. On occasions they still catch up with Occy while holidaying in Australia.
Contributed by: Just A Non-haole Lo
Pidjin comes from the fusing of languages and dialects of sugar plantation workers who came from Japan, China, Portugal and the Philipines. It was a way for them to converse together amongst the haole and hawaiian people who were already here in hawaii; a common 'language' if you will. If you grew up in hawaii, Pidjin comes naturally. That's how you weed out the non-locals -- they speak well. That's also how one determines what type of school you went to. If you went to a private school, your English sounded like, well, English. If you went to a public school, you spoke pidjin better than anyone. It's distiguishable and unique to the culture of hawaii.
Contributed by: Just A Non-haole Lo
In the scene where Burkhart (Hamilton) is testing out the new surfboard and he says the nose is too thick. He asks Alex for a 'a board that works...my board.' Anyway, Burkhart's board that works is a Gerry Lopez board. You can tell by the design on the front. Only Lopez boards look like that.
Surfing legend Mark Foo, who tragically drowned in the mid-90's at Maverick’s in California, makes an appearance in the film during the competition.
Contributed by: Joe Fitos,Jerry Rapp And Peter
who played "Turtle" in North Shore also had a small part in another surf caper by the name of "Point Break" (starring Kneau Reeves and Patrick Swayze). In "Point Break", Philbin plays one of the ex-presidents.
Anyone else notice that the plot for the recent Sony Animation film "Surf's Up" is a complete rip off of North Shore? It's penguins, but it's the same plot.
Contributed by: Janene_machine
Laird Hamilton ("Lance Burkhart") and Gerry Lopez
("Vince") team up together in the "Endless Summer II".
Contributed by: Anonymous
Gregory Harrison started surfing when he was 9 years old on Catalina Island, California, where he was born and raised.
He has surfed nearly every continent on the planet. In 1981 he went to Grajagan (G-Land), Java for THE AMERICAN SPORTSMAN, a celebrity sports show of the time, to surf the famous lefts recently discovered there. The show won an Emmy.
He said that the role of Chandler in NORTH SHORE is the character closest to who he really is of any he's ever played. He still surfs regularly on the coast of Oregon, where he's been living since 1992. Still busy acting, he can be seen in the new TV movie AU PAIR 3 surfing in Puerto Rico.