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Surfing in L.A. California dreamin’


Bruce Brown, director of the essential surf flick The Endless Summer, talks about L.A.’s immeasurable influence on surf culture at large.


BRUCE BROWN’S ICONIC 1966 surf doc takes young West Coast surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August on a ’round-the-world search for the perfect wave. It’s a pilgrimage that’s familiar for surf junkies—even those in Southern California with ideal waves in their backyard. Brown’s narration is fun- loving and witty, and his footage perfectly captures the adventure, camaraderie and pure joy of the sport, even more than 50 years later. “Surf culture is both authentic and genuine,” says the 79-year-old filmmaker. “When that’s portrayed in film, people gravitate toward it.” As for L.A.’s particular impact on that culture: “L.A. is a melting pot of homegrown generational surfers coupled with people who travel throughout the world and come to SoCal in search of the California dream. Even if you don’t surf, I think there is a pride in directly or indirectly being associated with the California lifestyle. Surfing and the beaches here helped shape the perception of fun in the sun.” à Grab a limited-edition, signed art book and DVD commemorating The Endless Summer’s 50th anniversary at endlesssummermovie.com.


perception of fun in the sun.”


A DEEPER DIVE Three equally incredible surf docs you probably haven’t heard of


ß Morning of the Earth, 1972 The bearded, barefoot and essentially homeless surfers who lived the “back-to- nature” lifestyle in the ’60s are romanticized in this doc full of waves and wanderlust.


ß Surfwise, 2007


A Stanford-educated man and his wife


eschew conventional life and raise their nine children in a tiny camper van while chasing the best surf across the continent.


ß North of the Sun, 2012


Two Norwegian friends spend nine months on an isolated beach north of the Arctic


Circle, riding waves and collecting 30 tons of trash that washed up on shore.


“Surfing and the beaches here helped shape the


Time Out Los Angeles July 12–October 10, 2017


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PHOTOGRAPH: TOP: COURTESY BRUCE BROWN FILMS, LLC


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