LeRoy Grannis Dies at 93

Spotlight // Johnie Gall // 02/14/11
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Leroy Grannis
Leroy Grannis

Legendary surf photographer LeRoy Grannis has passed away at the age of 93. A skilled surfer and photographer, Grannis and his black and white action photography helped put the surfing on the map during the '60s and '70s. He died of natural causes at a Torrance nursing facility.

Grannis started photography as a stress-reducing hobby, heeding advice from his doctor. Though the hobby often kept him shore-bound, he gradually started paddling out to capture the split-second action during his peers' rides. His first photo was published in Reef Magazine back in 1960, and Grannis immediately decided to turn his hobby into what we know today as Surf Magazine.

Racking up awards like the Eddie Aikau/Quiksilver Lifetime Achievement Award, the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame, first place at the Hermosa Beach Surf Festival and a spot in the San Diego Surfer's Hall of Fame, Grannis will be remembered as surf royalty and will be honored at a surf paddle-out off the Palos Verdes coast in June.



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Originally published in February/March 2011


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