SHACC honors Endless Summer mastermind Bruce Brown
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 March, 2014 - The Surfing Heritage and Culture Center (SHACC), in conjunction with Bruce Brown Films, will host a “red carpet” gala May 3, 2014 at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, in Huntington Beach, California. The event will be a celebration and recognition of Bruce Brown and the 50th Anniversary of The Endless Summer.
According to Paul Strauch, Executive Director of SHACC, “this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime evening for the surfing community. We’re going to reunite Bruce Brown with the film’s featured surfers, Robert August and Mike Hynson, the film’s original publicist, R. Paul Allen, and renowned artist, John Van Hamersveld, who designed the movie’s iconic poster,” Strauch said.
“Thanks to their combined talents and creativity, The Endless Summer ignited the imaginations of surfers everywhere and popularized the concept of surf travel.”
The event will also showcase the Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Exhibition curated by SHACC. This historic exhibit features original movie posters, artwork, cameras and tripod used to make the film, plus a rare collection of Endless Summer memorabilia items, many of which have never been publicly displayed.
"Bruce Brown Films is thrilled to work alongside the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center in presenting an exclusive 50th anniversary reunion celebration of The Endless Summer,” said Alex Mecl, Managing Director of Bruce Brown Films.
“With SHACC's recent acquisition of the largest and most authentic collection of memorabilia from the film, we are proud to support them in officiating this wonderful tribute to a timeless classic, and bring together the principals that made it possible for the world to enjoy many decades later."
The Celebration will commence with a VIP Pre-Party, where guests will have a chance to mingle with Bruce Brown, Robert August, Mike Hynson, as well as other legendary watermen and surfing personalities. Robert “Wingnut” Weaver will serve as the emcee for a tribute program that will culminate in Bruce Brown receiving the prestigious SHACC Lifetime Achievement Award.
The evening will also include dinner, a silent auction and a live auction. Proceeds from the auctions will benefit SHACC and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). Research shows that surfing can help extend the lives of people battling cystic fibrosis. CFF has close ties to the surfing community and hosts an annual, surfing-themed fundraiser called “Pipeline to a Cure.”
Since its release in theaters in 1964, The Endless Summer has taken millions of viewers on the adventure of a lifetime — following summer around the world in search of the perfect wave. To this day, the film remains one of the most widely watched and loved documentaries, of any kind, of all time.