4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2013
The photographs are superb and not only capture the rides and the riders, but also the culture that developed around surfing in the 60s and 70s. It's a time capsule that preserves the people and places that were part of my life back then. When I venture back in time as an amateur surfing historian and try to picture those people and places, I can see what LeRoy Grannis saw through his lens. He, along with the other greats of 60s surfing photography - Don James, Ron Church, Ron Stoner, Grant Rohloff, Val Valentine, John Severson, Ron Dahlquist, Tom Keck, Tom Jewell, Pat Darrin, Peter Rae and Dick Gustafson - paved the way for today's amazing photographers. I must say that I was surprised to find the Steve Barilotti's informative and beautifully written essay in English, German and French. But since that allowed more photographs to be included I didn't mind. Even all of the photo captions were in three languages. Tip of the hat to Steve and editor, Jim Heimann. Having to choose which photos went into the book and which to leave out must have been a nightmare. 10 out of 10.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2006
Okay, one of a thousand signed copies. This is one of those unique slices of time that Grannis almost stumbled into. Some of the best pictures seem very matter-of-fact, there's Corky Carrol, Hobie Alter, Lance Carsen, or Greg Noll..before anyone outside surfing knew their names. Grannis captures the surfshops of the 60's, the cars and beach scenes with this snapshot, family-like, intimacy, but you know you're looking at the incubation of an industry that will never be the same. A bargain at $400, but worth much more to those of us who witnessed the transition.