A fresh re-edition of LeRoy Grannis’s sold-out Collector’s Edition, this collection gathers his most vibrant surf photography—from the perfect wave at San Onofre to dramatic wipeouts at Oahu’s famed North Shore. One of the key image-makers in surfing history, Grannis also covers the emerging surf lifestyle, from “surfer stomps” and hordes of fans at surf contests to board-laden woody station wagons along the Pacific Coast Highway.
At a time when surfing is more popular than ever, it’s fitting to look back at the years that brought the sport into the mainstream. Developed by Hawaiian Islanders over five centuries ago, surfing began to peak on the mainland in the 1950s—becoming not just a sport, but a way of life, admired and exported across the globe. One of the key image-makers from that period is LeRoy Grannis, a surfer since 1931, who began photographing the longboard era of the early 1960s in both California and Hawaii.