Celebrating The Life Of Sonny Miller

1960 - 2014

Legendary filmmaker, Sonny Miller was honored with a memorial paddle-out on Sunday, October 26th.

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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...

RIP Sonny Miller: A Tribute by Surfing Magazine

RIP Sonny Miller. The surf world lost another great last week. Sonny’s was the eye that filmed Tom Curren in The Search films and his was the smile that illuminated the world around him. After all the hard work Sonny had put into movie-making over the years, Rip Curl returned the favor by producing this heartfelt goodbye to the man. And yes, it is totally OK to cry while watching.   Post: http://www.surfingmagazine.com/video/rip-sonny-miller-tribute/...

ESPN article by Jake Howard

Renowned surf cinematographer Sonny Miller died of a heart attack on Tuesday. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Miller was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla but was unable to be resuscitated. Miller was largely considered to be one of the great filmmakers and photographers in the history of surfing. Born on July 18, 1960, he grew up riding waves along the beaches of San Diego County. His career began when he started submitting photos to Surfer magazine in the mid-1980s, but he quickly moved from still to motion photography. Resisting the temptation to shoot video, he became an artist with 16 mm film. In the mid-1990s Miller produced a series of influential surf films for Rip Curl, including “The Search,” “Tripping the Planet” and most famously, “Searching for Tom Curren,” which was named Video of the Year by Surfer magazine in 1997. In the early 2000s he transitioned into Hollywood productions, bringing his action-sports cinematography skills to the movies, “In God’s Hands,” “Riding Giants,” “Lords of Dogtown,” “Blue Crush” and the James Bond film, “Die Another Day.” Beyond Miller’s impressive professional resume, he was nicknamed “Cap’n Fun” by those who spent time traveling and working with him. “We did a mission to Tonga in ’92 together and I realized then that no matter how far from home or how bad the surf, Sonny was always happy and positive and truly epitomized the meaning of being stoked,” wrote Kelly Slater on Instagram. “Surfers will be eternally grateful to Sonny for filming Tom Curren in the legendary surf movie, ‘Searching For Tom Curren’ in the early...

Surf Line article by Jamie Brisick

It was a hacksaw laugh that dissolved all problems and summoned you right into the task at hand, which more often than not involved something wild, adventurous, and maybe a little absurd.    Sonny Miller — photographer, filmmaker, possessor of giant joie de vivre — died of a heart attack yesterday. He was 53 years old. As I write, his Facebook page swells with tributes and remembrances and bursting love, something Sonny had in spades.    His nickname was Cap’n Fun. When he was hitting his straps, which was often, he’d break from whatever hysterical rant, eye you with that rosy-faced glint, and in a playful boast, say, “It’s Miller time!” Sonny did water photography on Hollywood films, worked as a hired gun on countless surf films and videos, but he is best known for The Search series in the nineties, which he shot and directed. Traveling to far-flung locales with Tom Curren, Frankie Oberholzer, and friends suited his temperament. He loved the unknown, loved to wing it, was at his best with a map spread across the steering wheel of a four-wheel drive vehicle on some washboard dirt road a hundred miles from the nearest town. Hanging out with Sonny was loads of fun. His raw, no-bullshit, squeeze-every-last-drop approach was infectious. In the early nineties he showed up to the Marui Pro in Hebara Beach, Japan with a suitcase full of hideous polyester outfits from the disco seventies — canary yellow bell bottoms, vomit green shirts with giant collars, white patent-leather loafers, glitter ball necklaces, purple porkpie hats.He summoned a band of merry pros over to his hotel, outfitted us, and led us on a wild romp...