Bruce Brown exhibit in San Clemente will highlight filmmaker’s life work beyond ‘The Endless Summer’

The Orange County Register

Dick Metz returned home to Southern California after a three-year hitchhiking adventure around the world, with tales of endless waves.

The Laguna Beach native had departed in his quest for surf in 1958, a few years after he and up-and-coming filmmaker Bruce Brown became close buddies in the then tight-knit surf world. When Metz returned, he shared photos of surf in far-away lands including Australia, Tahiti and South Africa.

“Bruce, you need to go where I went,” he urged his friend, who had a unique talent behind the camera.

So, as the story goes, in 1964 Brown set out to chase the summer sun. In doing so, he created the now cult classic film “The Endless Summer,” capturing the escapades of two surfers — Huntington Beach’s Robert August and San Diego’s Mike Hynson — as they traveled to remote surf breaks around the world.

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