Dr. John Heath "Doc" Ball "1998 Surf Pioneer"

doc_ball_pv_485PHOTO: Courtesy LeRoy Grannis


Doc Ball grew up on the beaches of Los Angeles in the early 1930's. He was instrumental in establishing surfing on the West Coast and helped organize the Palos Verdes Surf Club. His hobby of taking surfing pictures turned into a passion and in 1946 he published a book that contained much of his early works. He essentially created and built the foundation for modern surf photography.

His photography was the primary focus of the noteworthy 1946 book, California Surfriders. This 1946 landmark publication that introduced thousands to the act of wave riding.

His stunning images have been featured in many top publications, including Life Magazine, National Geographic, Los Angeles Times and Encyclopedia Britannica.