Bud Browne is recognized and revered in surf history as the father of the surf film and creator of the genre. Born in Newtonville, Massachsettes on July 12,he graduated from the University of Southern California where he was recognized as an outstanding swimmer and captain of the USC swim team, which was ranked second in the nation at this time. Bud also swam competitively on the L.
For the first time at any vintage surf auction, every single auction lot was sold to the highest bidder without a reserve! Offered were some of the most scarce antique and vintage surfboards to ever be seen at auction. In addition, there was lots of rare surfing art, statues, trophies, posters, patches, decals, clothing, books, figurines and more.
Even the promotional art was awesome… Photo: SurfClassics. Surfing is a spectator sport. The evolution of the surf film is a lot like the evolution of surfing itself; for decades, the sport was viewed as only a hobby, but the serious athleticism driving surfers to conquer waves has turned their endeavor into an official sport that is vying for a spot in the Olympics.
The sport of surfing has come a long way since the days of wooden longboards and Duke Kahanamoku. But before American surf culture became a powerhouse mainstream sport, it was a counterculture that arrived on the shores of America by way of Hawaii in the first few decades of the 20th century. Men and women who belonged to this beach-loving community were rebelling against the prim and perfect roles society expected them to fill -- female surfers, especially.
Surf movie posters and handbills are highly sought after by many collectors and non-collectors. To advertise and promote their movie making endeavors, they created surf film posters and plastered them in school hallways, community centers, electric-telephone poles and near auditoriums where their opening feature film would be played. Of course, young surfers would find these wonderful posters of surfing art, remove them from wherever they were found and often tack them up in their room or add them to their scrapbook
Could there be another contender for our No. Bruce Brown's iconic surf doc takes young West Coast surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August on a 'round-the-world search for the perfect wave. They find it, too, on a then-unknown break off Cape St. Francis in South Africa, now one of the world's most famous surfing sites.
By Josh Rakic April 25, Check out this completely fictional video tale featuring Kanoa Igarashi, Caroline Marks, Leo Fioravanti and Ross Clarke-Jones that pays homage to the quirkiest era in surfing history. They say the only thing you get from looking back is a sore neck.