Bruce Brown, surfing’s consummate filmmaker, has died. Brown, who is best known forThe Endless Summer, played a large role in what surfing is today.
“We got a call today from his family that he had passed away,” said Jim Kempton, Former Editor and Publisher of Surfer and President of the California Surf Museum, to The Inertia. “We are going to miss him greatly. He’s probably the most iconic filmmaker in the history of surf culture. He passed in his sleep.”
Brown was born in 1937 in San Francisco, California. When he was 10, he, along with his family, moved to Long Beach, where he quickly fell in love with surfing. Of course, it was a very different scene back then, and Brown’s career would act as the original mold for the shape of modern day surfing. “Shit, everyone surfs,” Brown told The Inertia in June. “Doctors, lawyers, Indian chiefs. It’s kind of like now it’s nothing to be ashamed of, but when I was a teenager you didn’t want to tell many people that you were a surfer… Surfing basically had a bad rap at the time, thanks to Hollywood. I thought, ‘Well, the The Endless Summer will give it some dignity.’”