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The Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Celebration

Event Scheduled for May 3rd in Huntington Beach

| posted on March 13, 2014

Filmmaker Bruce Brown to Receive SHACC Lifetime Achievement Award at “The Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Celebration,” May 3rd in Huntington Beach.

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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.

For information or to purchase tickets, visit www.surfingheritage.org or call SHACC at (949) 388-0313 x0

About SHACC

Surfing Heritage and Culture Center (SHACC), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting surfing’s heritage for the appreciation and education of current and future generations. It also has the goal of surfing being more accurately understood, represented and enjoyed. SHACC is located in San Clemente, California and houses the world’s largest collection of historic images and surfboards.

About Bruce Brown Films
Bruce Brown Films (BBF) is a film production company created nearly 60 years ago that produced a number of lifestyle documentary films, the most notable of which being The Endless Summer (1964) and On Any Sunday (1971), which garnered an Academy Award nomination for Documentary Feature. Today, BBF continues to provide its loyal fan base and general public with filmmaker Bruce Brown’s classic films and associated images for current and future generations to cherish. Bruce Brown caught his first wave in 1951 and was the second recipient of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association Waterman of the Year Award.