By Casey Butler
Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz and his brood are definitely one of surfing’s first families. The 2007 documentary Surfwise told us Paskowitz’s life story: physicianing, vagabonding, and surfing.
Still, most people outside of the surf community don’t recognize the fit 89-year-old’s face. That may be about to change. Sean Penn is reportedly in negotiations to produce (and maybe star in) an upcoming biopic about Paskowitz. The likes of Graydon Carter have been trying to procure Doc’s life rights for about 20 years now, and failing. Once producers Alan and Gabe Polsky brought Spicoli in on the deal, Paskowitz finally gave his approval.