The family has said that Bruce Brown, 80, was born on Dec. 1, 1937 in San Francisco and passed away in his sleep Sunday (Dec. 10, 2017) in Santa Barbara, Calif.
The elder Brown introduced the world to surfing through a number of legendary films including ‘Endless Summer’ in 1966. Brown also filmed ‘Endless Summer II’ with his son Dana Brown in 1994.
“All of us in the SCORE family recognize and acknowledge the life of Bruce Brown and know that his contributions to the film industry will continue to live on through his son Dana" commented Roger Norman, SCORE CEO/President.
“We send our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the entire Brown family and will long remember him and his contributions to two sports we hold so dear".
Bruce Brown also introduced the world to motorcycle desert racing with his Academy Award nominated ‘On Any Sunday’ in 1971. This film co-produced by Steve McQueen, showcased motorcycle racing star Malcolm Smith.
Bruce Brown went beyond surfing a few times with films about motorcycle racing. Following ‘On Any Sunday’ (1971), which is still held in high regard as one of the best motorcycle documentaries of all time, he produced ‘On Any Sunday II’ (1981), ‘Baja 1000 Classic’ (1991), and ‘On Any Sunday: Revisited’ (2000). Bruce Brown was inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame in 2009.
Bruce Brown was also an active consultant on all of Dana Brown’s films including ‘Dust to Glory’, ‘Dust 2 Glory’ and ‘Step into Liquid’. ‘Dust 2 Glory’ is an action sports documentary showcasing the four-race SCORE World Desert Championship held annually in Baja California, Mexico.