Pioneer Surf Movie Maker Bud Browne Passes At Age 96

photo courtesy SurfingMuseum.orgJuly 28, 2008: – – San Luis Obispo, California – – Bud Browne, an innovator in surf filmmaking, has died in San Luis Obispo after a brief illness. He was 96. Officials from Wheeler-Smith Mortuary and Crematory said Browne died Friday at a local residential care facility.

Starting in the 1950s, Browne filmed more than a dozen surf movies, including “Goin’ Surfing,” “Hawaiian Surf Movie.” An avid surfer himself, Browne’s work was marked by his water shots that brought viewers close to surfers.