Browne, Bud

The original surf moviemaker, from Southern California; producer of 13 full-length movies from 1953 to 1973. Browne was born (1912) in Newtonville, Massachusetts, near Boston, and moved to Los Angeles in 1931 to attend the University of Southern California. He was captain of the top-ranked USC swim team in 1934, learned to surf at Venice Beach five years later, and was a Los Angeles County lifeguard before and after serving in the navy during World War II. Nicknamed "Barracuda" for his tall, ...