surf photography

This unfinished page contains text from either the 2003 or 2005 print version of Encyclopedia of Surfing. An updated version, with more photos, is coming soon.

Photographs of surfers and surfing were taken in Waikiki as far back as the late 19th century, but surf photography as a genre was invented during the depression by Americans Tom Blake and John "Doc" Ball. Blake, the Wisconsin- born surfer/board designer who spent much of his young adult life in Hawaii, built a 10-pound wooden-box housing for his Graflex camera in 1929, rested the two-foot-high ap...

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