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Rohrabacher Pays Tribute to ‘Endless Summer’ Maker on House Floor

Dec 14, 2017

Marking the passing, at age 80, of Bruce Brown, the legendary documentarian of the surf culture, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Wednesday gave the following remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives:

Bruce Brown challenged a generation of Americans to follow our dream, to find our perfect wave. He reached out to introduce us to the magic experience of being propelled by the power of nature on an ocean wave. Adventure and a rush of excitement was as near as a local beach.

Bruce Brown made movies about surfing. “Endless Summer” was his best known. But his films were more than entertainment. He spoke to our soul and our spirit of adventure.

My first surfboard was a large, single fin, Velzy. Dale Velzy, who owned a surf shop in San Clemente, financed Bruce Brown’s first surf film, Slippery When Wet. The surf culture Bruce Brown helped get born is still here. Outsiders are intrigued by it. You know when you’re part of it. Bruce Brown showed us the way. A few days ago he passed away and is paddling into the distant sunset.

He followed his dream, he found his perfect wave, and rode it as far as it would take him.



Kenneth Grubbs, 202-225-2415


To view Rep. Rohrabacher's floor speech, please visit this link.