Support swells for Browning in ALS fight

Greg Browning on a big day at the Redondo Breakwater in 2018. Photo by Mike Balzer

by Kevin Cody

The South Bay surfing community is rallying support for surf filmmaker, and former professional surfer Greg Browning, who was recently diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Childhood friends Keith and Derrick Brewer have established a gofundme site to help with what is anticipated to be substantial medical fees.

“This is a place I never wanted to see my photo. But I am so grateful to the community for its support,” Brown said of the gofundme page.

Browning was surfing on a big day at the Redondo Breakwall this past winter when he stumbled getting to his feet. As he fell, the nose of his board punctured his chin. The uncharacteristic fall prompted him to go in for a physical exam. 

Muscle weakness is a characteristic of ALS, for which there is no cure. 

Brown grew up surfing with the Brewer twins at 16th Street in Hermosa Beach. He went on to a career as a “free” surfer, teaming with Body Glove photographer Mike Balzer. He subsequently worked in front of, and behind the camera with Momentum Generation filmmaker Taylor Steele.

Browning subsequently produced his own, popular surf video series. “Drive Thru!”

In recent years, Browning has been the personal videographer for top ranked professional surfer Tatiana Weston-Webb.

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