Tom Blake, 1931
Tom Blake, right, 1930s
Tom Blake, 1924
Tom Blake blueprint, 1931
Tom Blake, left. Photo: Doc Ball
Wisconsin-born Tom Blake had been riding waves for less than five years when he won the Pacific Coast Championships, but he was already closing in on Duke Kahanamoku as the most influential early-modern surfer. While the gracious and sociable Kahanamoku provided surfing with its emotional center, Blake, restless and nearly humorless, became the sport’s great innovator. He redesigned the surfboard....