Bruce Brown is a documentary filmmaker best known for his pioneering work in the Surf Film and Motorsport genres. He was born on December 1, 1937 in San Francisco, California and directed his first documentary, Slippery When Wet, in 1958. He followed with such films as Surf Crazy (1959), Barefoot Adventure (1960), Surfing Hollow Days (1961) and Waterlogged (1962), but it was ENDLESS SUMMER (1966) for which Brown would become best known. The film was considered the most influential in the genre, and followed surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August as they traveled the world. In 1994, he filmed The Endless Summer II with his son, Dana Brown.
Brown has also directed a number of short films in 1963 including The Wet Set and America’s Newest Sport (which focused on the Hobie Super Surfer Skateboard Team) as well as documentaries on motorcycle sport including what is considered the best motorcycle documentaries of all time, On Any Sunday (1971). He has also directed On Any Sunday II (1981), Baja 1000 Classic (1991) and On Any Sunday, Revisited (2000). In 2009, he made a guest appearance on SpongeBob SquarePants in the episode “SpongeBob vs. The Big One.”
In 2009, he was inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame and in July 2015, Bruce Brown and THE ENDLESS SUMMER were honored and inducted by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.