“Bruce Brown, a pioneering filmmaker who helped introduce America to surfing with a story of two friends chasing after the perfect wave in ‘The Endless Summer,’ has died,” The Los Angeles Times reports. “Brown, who long ago had retreated to a ranch near Santa Barbara to spend his days surfing, riding motorcycles and racing sprint cars, was 80. His death was reported on his company website, Bruce Brown Films.”
Brown reportedly died Sunday.
Following a limited release in 1964, “The Endless Summer” was released worldwide in 1966 and helped transform surfing into a cultural phenomenon.
“The premise of the film was simple, yet compelling: two surfers staying in the sunshine of summer by following the seasons around the world,” The Times reports. “The film was narrated by Brown and starred Mike Hynson and Robert August, two surfers and board shapers.”
Thirty years after making “The Endless Summer,” Brown and his son, filmmaker Dana Brown, made a sequel, “The Endless Summer II,” released in 1994.
Bruce Brown also directed the 1971 motorcycle racing movie “On Any Sunday,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.