Summary: filmmaker who molded the modern image of surfer as seeker and transformed the sport with his 1966 surfing documentary The Endless Summer along with the music of the Beach Boys and took surfing from a quirky hobby to a fundamental part of American culture after surfers had largely been portrayed as beach blanket buffoons in the mindless party movies of the early 1960's, then came a soulful story of surfers on a quest for fulfillment in an image that became emblazoned on the cultural psyche, who took up surfing in the early 1950's and had made five other documentaries about the sport.
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Born: December 1, 1937
Died: December 10, 2017
Location: Santa Barbara, California