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leroy grannis

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Leroy Grannis was born in 1917 and died only a couple of days ago. He started riding boards when he was five and took up photography after the war where he served in the USAF.

His family was unable to afford him an education because of the great depression between  1929 t0 1940

He was married for 69 years before his wife Katie died in 2008.

Grannis was responsible for some of the best beach and surf photography of the time between 1960 and 1970. When he moved on from surfing he continued his photographic work with hang gliders and wind surfers, he also participated in both sports.

” What bothers me is that the top magazines are pushing professionalism. These young kids get the idea they want to be professionals and let everything else go – including their education. That’s the wrong way to go… I’ve seen a lot of kids go down the drain trying to become professionals.”

Leroy Grannis.

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  1. Guitarfish #

    Aloha oe Leroy
    That’s a great quote, Pete
    I’d like to add that I’ve seen a lot of kids go down the drain realizing their dream of becoming pro surfers.

    February 7, 2011
  2. all the more relevant given that Grannis missed out on an education completely – strong man gone that one

    February 7, 2011
  3. “Grannis was responsible for some of the best beach and surf photography of the time between 1960 and 1970.”

    I’ll drink to that.

    February 8, 2011
  4. That doesn’t count for much Mr. Rottmouth. You’d drink to anything …

    February 9, 2011
  5. Amen Clif. I am a humble servant to my liver… and she be a ravenous beast to satiate. That said, ol’ brother Leroy could encapsulate a moment, eh? I have a 30×42 oil replica of the infamous Midget at Makaha, that a friend of a friend brushed for me. It lords over my living room like an unscrupulous dictator.

    One of my most precious posessions.

    February 9, 2011

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