Today filmmaker Bruce Brown passed away in Santa Barbara.
Prior to 1964, the media saw surfers as rebellious thugs, and Hollywood made them out to be a bunch of idiots. Filmmaker Bruce Brown single-handedly changed that with the 1996 movie The Endless Summer. It portrayed the wave as a kind of Holy Grail and surfers as knights on a quest. In one stroke, he replaced Hollywood’s buffoonery with the popular mythology that 50 years on endures today.
Thank you Bruce Brown for inspiring generations of surfers. Rest in Peace.