Leroy Grannis: surfing and photography as a unique passion

The world of surfing has lost one of the most memorable icons. The photographer LeRoy Grannis has passed away at the age of 93. Grannis captured the best surf pictures of the Golden Age of the 1960s and '70s. He got in touch with surfing when he was 14, but he only picked a camera when he reached 42.


LeRoy built a darkroom in his garage and began his remarkable work with the Hermosa Beach surfers. Californian surfers owe him incredible images of the Beach Boys era and that is why he is considered one of the most important surfing documentarians ever.

LeRoy and his inseparable wife Katie were always a friendly couple. The New York Times called him the "the godfather of surf photography", as his art spread through the world in exhibitions, surf magazines and documentaries.

The iconic photographer had the feeling to capture the true surfing moments of sunshine California. The girls, the boys, the waves, the surrounding towns, the cars, the beaches, the legends, the smiles and breathtaking rides were all paused by the eyes of the master.

The best of LeRoy's work was released by German publisher Taschen Books: "Leroy Grannis - Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s" is an incredible masterpiece. We all also owe him the development of the first rubber-lined box that enabled him to change film in the lineup.

LeRoy Grannis will forever remain in surfer's hearts for the passion and dedication to surfing and photography. Discover the best surf photographers in the world.