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'Step Into Liquid'

Watch Dana Brown's new documentary about surfing, Step Into Liquid, and you can almost feel yourself inside the curls of monster waves -- a wild rush of water pressing in all around you.

Surf movies are in filmmaker Dana Brown's blood. His father Bruce Brown made the classic surf documentary The Endless Summer back in 1966 and revisited the subject in Endless Summer II in 1994. Both movies are considered classics of the genre, introducing whole generations to a lifestyle that most people can only imagine.

NPR's Melissa Block recently spoke to Dana Brown about Step Into Liquid and his travels all over the world to find surfing fanatics -- places as far away from Gidget's Malibu Beach as Ireland, Vietnam and even Sheboygan, Wisc., on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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As special correspondent and guest host of NPR's news programs, Melissa Block brings her signature combination of warmth and incisive reporting. Her work over the decades has earned her journalism's highest honors, and has made her one of NPR's most familiar and beloved voices.