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.”