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A sad day...

Discussion in 'GENERAL DISCUSSION' started by PSP, Dec 13, 2017.

  1. PSP

    PSP Ruler of Western Civilization's Geeky Nerds

    OK, I'll admit - this won't mean much to most of you, but it really does to me. One of the people who shaped my childhood died over the weekend and you might recognize his name.

    https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo...earch-for-the-perfect-break-redefined-surfing

    If you read the story, you'll hear about his movies before "Endless Summer" that were screened in high school auditoriums along the coast in Southern California in the late 50s / early 60s. My father was a surfer who started surfing in the late 40s. He would take me to these movies religiously - it was truly a magical experience. There would be several hundred in the auditorium whooping and hollering at each wave! It was always with a marginal, small projector on an equally small screen, but to us it was equal to an IMAX experience :thumb:

    A few years later, we heard that Bruce had put together a full length movie - Endless Summer. The hard-core surfers viewed the movie as a sell-out - if he was able to spend THAT much money on a film"(as it says in the article, the budget was $50,000 :surprise:), how could it possibly be real to the purist?

    Needless to say, that movie has been viewed by more people than all of his others combined and arguably created a "surf culture" that still lives today. Being one of the purists, I found the DVDs of his early films. It's really scary how many of the people in those films were friends of mine "back in the day". I can't be sure, but I think that I am in one of the beach scenes of "Slippery When Wet".

    Makes me miss my Dad :(

    ... and yes, I am blubbering like a baby...
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  2. PMM

    PMM No Deposit Forum Moderator Staff Member

    Awww, PSP, I'm sorry.

    I tend to also take it hard when it is something monumental from my childhood.

    R.I.P Bruce Brown.
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  3. Mben

    Mben No Deposit Forum Admin Staff Member

    Bruce Brown will live on in your heart, as does your father, and in his films forever. :heart:
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