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Synopsis: When Sam, a lifelong surfer, moved to South Dakota in 1992 to start a buffalo ranch, he didn’t think he was giving up surfing but before he knew it 25 years had gone by and he hadn’t surfed even once. Now at age 65, overweight and out of shape, Sam travels to Costa Rica to see if he can bring surfing back into his life.


Documentary, short

Run Time

8 minutes



Directed by

Brett Lawlor

Director's Statement

There is a tipping point with aging beyond which renders us incapable or less capable of doing the things we used to enjoy. None of us know for sure where we are in relation to that tipping point unless we stretch ourselves and try to do things we aren’t certain we can. Drop In Or Drop Out tells the story of a 65 year old buffalo rancher and former daily surfer’s quest to bring surfing back into his life after having gone 25 years without surfing. This journey did not unfold the way I expected and in many ways that made it a more compelling story and less typical of most adventure stories.

Director's Bio

Brett lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota where he works as a physician that specializes in SportsMedicine and Interventional Pain Medicine. Brett has served as a Team Physician for the US Aerial Team, US Soccer and the ECHL hockey team the Rapid City Rush. When not treating patients he enjoys making films about people in his area. Brett Directed and Produced the feature length documentary, “A Tattoo on My Heart, The Warriors of Wounded Knee 1973,” that was shown nationally on Public Television. Brett is hiker, snowboarder, skier, surfer and runner.

Country of Origin

United States

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