Sunny Abberton is Australian pro-surfer and co-founder of the Maroubra surf gang Bra Boys. He is also the director, writer and producer of the 2007 documentary Bra Boys. Growing up in a housing project in the poverty-ridden Sydney suburb Maroubra, Abberton was taught to surf at a young age by his grandfather. By the age of 15, he had dropped out of school to pursue his career as a professional surfer. In the 1980 and 90s, he competed in the Association of Surfing Professionals Pro Tour.
During the 1980s, tensions between the various communities in Maroubra erupted into a spree of violence on the beaches between rival neighborhood factions. Abberton claims he and a group of friends banded together and formed the notorious surf gang Bra Boys to protect one another.
Armed with his home video camera, Abberton filmed many surf travelogues of his days with the Bra Boys and on pro surf tours, an experience that inspired him to make a documentary about the gang. Six months into the filming of the documentary, Abberton’s two brothers and fellow pro-surfers and Bra Boys Jai and Koby Abberton were involved in the murder of Sydney underworld figure Anthony Hines. Though his brothers were later acquitted of the killing, Abberton filmed the court proceedings and legal struggles of the group over the next three years. After filming hundreds of hours of footage centering on the gangs main players, Abberton compiled the film into the documentary Bra Boys. Bra Boys (2007) was narrated by Australian actor Russell Crow.