Sonny Miller, a renowned filmmaker and a beloved member of the surf community, passed away last Tuesday from a heart attack. Sonny’s 53 years on Earth will be fondly remembered for his brilliant artistry and gregarious personality.
His career spanned over 25-years in the sea.
After making a name for himself as a photographer for Surfer Magazine in the 80’s, Miller contributed to filming countless surf movies and Hollywood productions. As a Director of Water Photography, his underwater imagery was inspiring and breathtaking, captured on film while immersed in the abyss all over the planet’s oceans
Together with surfer Tom Curren, Sonny famously put together the Rip Curl series, The Search, highlighted by the award-winning video, Searching for Tom Curren in 1997.
While he continued to shoot raw surf clips, Sonny also helped create blockbuster Hollywood films like Die Another Day, Lords of Dogtown, Blue Crush, and Riding Giants.
Sonny Miller’s death is a massive tragedy within the surf community. 11x World Champion, Kelly Slater, paid his respect during the ASP World Tour webcast:
However, while Sonny’s presence will surely be missed, his impact will continue to be felt as long as cameras are rolling.
RIP Sonny Miller. Rest In Paradise.