Industry News 10/1/2008

The First Annual California Surf Festival Celebrating Bruce Brown’s 50 Year Anniversary

The First Annual California Surf Festival Celebrating Bruce Brown’s 50 Year Anniversary

The First Annual California Surf Festival is set to break waves on the shores of Oceanside this November.  Highlighting this inaugural Festival will be a special anniversary celebration of Bruce Brown and his 50 years in Filmmaking.  Brown’s rich history as an action sports and surf filmmaker includes such hits as Slippery When Wet, On Any Sunday and the iconic Endless Summer.

The First Annual California Surf Festival will take place in Oceanside at the Crest Theater, located at 102 Freeman Street, Oceanside, CA, on November 7th, 8th and 9th.  The three-day Festival will feature some of the newest surf films for surfers and others of all ages screening with a number of filmmakers to be on hand for questions and answers at the screenings.  The California Surf Festival is a presentation of the California Surf Museum located in Oceanside, CA.  The Festival is a continuing aspect of the Museum and its focus on the culture and history of the surfing and boarding lifestyle.

The exciting part of this first Festival is honoring Bruce Brown and his milestone in an outstanding career in filmmaking.  This year marks the 50-year anniversary since the release of Slippery When Wet, Brown’s very first surf film released in 1958.  His defining Endless Summer came along in 1964 and has reached audiences and fans from all over the world and all walks of life.  Bruce Brown will be making a special appearance as he plans to do a special presentation of his film Endless Summer with a LIVE narration as it once was done close to 50 years ago.  This one-time-only event will take place as we celebrate his anniversary on Saturday, November 8th.  Dana Brown, his son, and grandson Wes Brown will be assisting Bruce in this momentous evening.

With receptions and many special guest scheduled to attend, the city will be filled with filmmakers and surfers all looking forward to watching surf films during the Festival.  Many of the newest surf films will be screened in this inaugural Festival with the City of Oceanside welcoming all surf cinema fans.  During this time the California Surf Museum will be sharing the expansion progress of its new site location.  This Surf Festival will enrich the locals and visitors on the world of surfing and share the wonderful surroundings of the redeveloped downtown City of Oceanside.

Tickets go on sale on October 1st and maybe purchased online at or at the California Surf Museum. An All Access Pass will be available for only $150; most movie screenings will be a $10 entrance fee.  The Bruce Brown Event with Reception is $150 so the All Access Pass is a great deal! General admission to the Bruce Brown Event is $35. Space is limited.  The California Surf Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located at 223 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054. Contact them at (760) 721-6876 or

The funds raised from the California Surf Festival will assist CSM in their growth and outreach to the community at their new facility to showcase surfing for decades to come. The new facility will allow CSM to expand the exhibit space, provide additional educational opportunities and increase its needed archival space.  The Mission Statement of The California Surf Museum is to serve as an international repository and resource center on the lifestyle sport of surfing through capturing, preserving and chronicling its art, culture and heritage for the education and enjoyment of future generations. Please visit the website at