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Dana Point in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Endless Summer

Surfing's Greatest Film was Born in Dana Point

 
 
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Photographed By Adam Margolis, October 3, 2021
1. The Endless Summer Marker
Inscription.  

Seminal Surfing Story
Filmed in the early 1960s, the documentary The Endless Summer follows two California as they circle the globe to surf. The pair introduce the sport to many who had never seen it, and discover what is now one of the world's most famous surf spots: South Africa's Cap St. Francis.

What's in a Name?
Filmmaker Bruce Brown said the title represented a surfer's “pipe dream…If you traveled around the world at just the right speed, you’d be in the middle of summer 365 days a year.”

Designed in Dana Point
John Van Hamersveld, a surfer studying graphic design, created the iconic movie poster at his kitchen table in Dana Point. Van Hamersveld earned a stipend for his work, and the poster's success propelled him into a successful career in graphic design.

More people recognize the movie poster than have seen the film. This is the most recognized surf imagery in the world.

The photograph on which the poster is based was taken at Dana Point’s Salt Creek Beach using Bruce Brown, Robert August, and Mike Hynson as models.

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showing of The Endless Summer, an invitation-only screening personally narrated by Bruce Brown.

Filmmaker Bruce Brown lived in Dana Point when he made The Endless Summer. He rented the space above what is now the Bonjour Café for his office.

An accomplished surfer himself, Bruce Brown filmed parts of The Endless Summer while surfing.

The Endless Summer ©2019 Bruce Brown Films, LLC
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentIndustry & CommerceSports.
 
Location. 33° 27.894′ N, 117° 41.157′ W. Marker is in Dana Point, California, in Orange County. Marker is on Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1) west of Doheny Park Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dana Point CA 92629, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Surfin' Dana Point (a few steps from this marker); Bruce Brown (1937-2017) (within shouting distance of this marker); Hobie Alter / The Surfboard King (within shouting distance of this marker); Hobie Cat / Innovation and Hard Work (within shouting distance of this marker); John Severson (1933-2017) (within shouting distance of this marker); Phil Edwards (b. 1938)
The Endless Summer Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Adam Margolis, October 3, 2021
2. The Endless Summer Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Dana Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Doheny State Beach (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dana Point.
 
The Endless Summer Mosaic image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Adam Margolis, October 3, 2021
3. The Endless Summer Mosaic
Mosaic by Mia Tavonatti
The Endless Summer
©2019 Bruce Brown Films, LLC
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 3, 2021, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. This page has been viewed 626 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 3, 2021, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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