R.I.P. Leroy Grannis, 1917-2011. The best surf photographer there was:
Leroy Grannis wasn’t the first to depict the California lifestyle with his photos. It wasn’t his idea to begin shooting in the first place. His contributions to surfing photography occurred over a brief 12-year period, and he hasn’t much bothered with it since 1971. Nevertheless, most of the great images from the ’60s’ golden age of surfing, regardless of the magazine, bear the inscription “Photo: Grannis.”
Being from a coastal city, albeit one that didn’t produce many ride-able waves, I’ve always had a soft spot for surf photography.