Legendary surf cinematographer suffers heart attack
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 July, 2014 - The San Diego County Sheriff's Department confirmed that surf cinematographer Sonny Miller died of a heart attack on Tuesday. Miller was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla but was unable to be resuscitated.
Miller is considered to be one of the great filmmakers and photographers in surfing and is best known for his work with Rip Curl, and films such as "The Search" and "Searching for Tom Curren." He also worked on Hollywood movies In "God’s Hands," "Die Another Day," and "Riding Giants."
Born in 1960, Miller grew up riding waves along the beaches of San Diego County. According to ESPN his career began when he started submitting photos to Surfer magazine in the mid-1980s, but he quickly moved from still to motion photography. Resisting the temptation to shoot video, he became an artist with 16 mm film.
Miller was nicknamed "Cap'n Fun" by those who spent time traveling and working with him. There has been an outpouring of Miller stories through social media channels by everyone from surfers like Kelly Slater to photographers like Peter 'Joli' Wilson.
ASP Commissioner Kieren Perrow made the following statement: "Sonny was an individual that influenced so many people through his films as well as the way he lived his life. The spirit of adventure, that was so beautifully captured in his work, started with the man himself -- ever positive in the face of challenge and infectiously inspiring to those he worked with. He left a forever mark on the surfing world and will be tremendously missed. The loss is certainly being felt by all of us here in Jeffreys Bay, a place that was very special to his work which, in turn, remains very special to all of us. RIP Sonny."
In honor, X-Treme Video have digitized several classics from Sonny Miller to pay a tribute to his work at the Surf Film Festival Anglet running this weekend.