In Requiem for the Surf Rider Sonny Miller by Josh Gilliland

In Requiem for the Surf Rider Sonny Miller by Josh Gilliland

My cousin Sonny Miller passed away after a heart attack on July 8, 2014. He died six days after his mother died from Dementia. He was one of the most dynamic individuals I have ever known. Sonny traveled the world making surfing movies. His resume included a long list of surfing classics, including Riding Giants, Searching for Tom Curren, and the James Bond movieDie Another Day. He was also the announcer at the end of Blue Crush. His Instagram photos were always of great adventures across the globe. My cousin was an amazing photographer. Sonny had worldwide success because he was one of the best photographers on the planet. Part of my love of photography was inspired heavily from him when I was a child. I would touch base with him and find out he was doing something awesome, like going to Hawaii with the Roxy Girls. That certainly made me re-think my career choices. Sonny’s company was World Wave Pictures, which made me think: What is the legal definition of a wave? According to case law, “A wave is a naturally occurring phenomenon of the ocean — not a man-made object such as the floating poles, logs, and pilings… A wave may be a dangerous condition of the ocean, but, by its very nature, cannot be an unnatural condition.” Birmingham v. Fodor’s Travel Publications, 73 Haw. 359, 379-380 (Haw. 1992). Death is like a wave. It is a naturally occurring phenomenon. That does not take away the the fact it can knock someone off their feet. Sonny was a man of adventure, talent, and great compassion. He dutifully took care of his mother for seven years in...
SONNY MILLER PIONEERING SNOWBOARD PHOTOGRAPHER by Snow Boarder Magazine

SONNY MILLER PIONEERING SNOWBOARD PHOTOGRAPHER by Snow Boarder Magazine

R.I.P. SONNY MILLER, 1960-2014 Sonny Miller, one of the pioneering snowboard photographers who heavily supported SNOWBOARDER in its infancy has passed away from a heart attack. Sonny’s image of a wetsuit-clad Damian Sanders was the shot that SNOWBOARDER used on the cover of our debut issue twenty-eight years ago. Our thoughts go out to Sonny Miller’s family and friends and SNOWBOARDER will forever be grateful for what he did to steer the course of our magazine and...
Sonny Miller Remembered by Down The Line Surf Talk Radio

Sonny Miller Remembered by Down The Line Surf Talk Radio

It’s well established that Sonny Miller was charismatic, hardworking and, frankly, a very smart guy. Sonny was far and away our best guest on Down The Line Surf Talk Radio – always ready to sit down and just talk. No agenda, no self promotion. He’d roll in with breakfast burritos and coffee and we (Jeff Baldwin and I) would wing it, and Sonny never missed a beat. The word “classic” gets thrown around a lot, but Sonny Miller was truly a classic cat. A classic Californian. 2011 Radio Interview.    Original Article Source: http://www.theinertia.com/surf/sonny-miller-remembered-by-down-the-line-surf-talk-radio/  ...
Kelly Slater  on Sonny Miller’s Legacy by The ASP

Kelly Slater on Sonny Miller’s Legacy by The ASP

Sonny Miller, creator of the Rip Curl’s Search films, has passed away. Miller’s iconic series focused on adventure, travel, and the excitement of surprises around the corner. The films influenced countless surfers, promoting an embrace of the wonder of the sport, and the lifelong search for the best waves. It’s poetic that Miller’s most renowned film was Searching for Tom Curren, which followed the surfer to Jeffreys Bay. Much of the film was shot steps from where the World Championship Tour is currently running the J-Bay Open. Curren’s ride at Jeffreys, captured by Miller’s lens, is still considered by many to be one of the most flawless waves ever ridden at the spot. From ASP Commissioner Kieren Perrow: “Sonny was an individual that influenced so many people through his films as well as the way he lived his life. The spirit of adventure, that was so beautifully captured in his work, started with the man himself — ever positive in the face of challenge and infectiously inspiring to those he worked with. He left a forever mark on the surfing world and will be tremendously missed. The loss is certainly being felt by all of us here in Jeffreys Bay, a place that was very special to his work which, in turn, remains very special to all of us. RIP Sonny.” Original Post:  http://www.aspworldtour.com/posts/54814/beloved-filmmaker-sonny-miller-dies-at-54...