Bruce Brown

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Bruce Brown
Born Bruce Alan Brown
(1937-12-01)December 1, 1937
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died December 10, 2017(2017-12-10) (aged 80)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Occupation Documentary film director
Patricia Hunter
(m. 1960; d. 2006)
Children 3

Bruce Alan Brown (December 1, 1937 – December 10, 2017) was an American documentary film director, known as an early pioneer of the surf film. He was the father of filmmaker Dana Brown.[1]


Brown's films include Slippery When Wet (1958), Surf Crazy (1959), Barefoot Adventure (1960), Surfing Hollow Days (1961), Waterlogged (1962), and his best known film, The Endless Summer (1966), which received nationwide theatrical release in 1966.[2] Considered among the most influential in the genre, The Endless Summer follows surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August around the world. Thirty years later, Brown filmed The Endless Summer II with his son in 1994.[3]

He also made a number of short films including The Wet Set, featuring the Hobie-MacGregor Sportswear Surf Team and one of the earliest skateboarding films, America's Newest Sport, presenting the Hobie Super Surfer Skateboard Team. These short films, along with some unused footage from The Endless Summer, were included in the DVD Surfin' Shorts, as part of the Golden Years of Surf collection. Brown went beyond surfing a few times with films about motorcycle sport, On Any Sunday (1971), which is held in high regard as one of the best motorcycle documentaries of all time, On Any Sunday II (1981), Baja 1000 Classic (1991), and On Any Sunday: Revisited (2000). He made a guest appearance in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "SpongeBob vs. The Big One".

Brown died in Santa Barbara, California, at the age of 80.[4][5]

Awards and honors[edit]

Brown was inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame in Huntington Beach, California.


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