RIP: Leroy Grannis (1917-2011)

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SURFING Magazine cohorts: Dick Graham, Leroy Grannis, PT, and Bob MignognaSURFING Magazine cohorts: Dick Graham, Leroy Grannis, Bob Mignogna, and PT


Leroy Grannis, the iconic photographer and co-founder of Surfing Magazine passed away on February 3rd of natural causes. Grannis, known for his commitment to photographing and documenting surfing. Our very own former Editor of SURFING Evan Slater said it best, “Grannis was a surfer first, but he was also one of the first surfers to realize our sport needed to be documented properly” as he became “a key founding father of surf media and surf photography.”

Grannis was inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach in 1999, as well as the International Surfing Hall of fame, and an incredible collection of his images can be found in “LeRoy Grannis: Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s,” a $400 limited-edition 2006 book.

He leaves behind a legacy of incredible surf imagery and inspiration for all of us at SURFING Magazine. He will be greatly missed.