Estate sale find, this work is a classic among serious surf memorabilia collectors and is extremely difficult to find in any condition. Limited to approximately 510 copies, it is unknown how many have survived over the years.
Considered a masterpiece of the time, California Surfriders, showed sturdy men and women enjoying a nearly pristine California coast from La Jolla to Santa Barbara, and on up to Santa Cruz and Pacifica: beach parties, hardly any traffic along the Pacific Coast Highway along expanses that were still open and undeveloped. Doc Ball was tremendously influential in the growth of surfing in California, especially between the 1930's and 1950's. Doc was instrumental, along with Adie Bayer, in organizing and leading surfings first great surf club, the Palos Verdes Surfing Club (PVSC), a group whose legacy is still felt today.
More importantly, Doc became surfings first truly dedicated surf photographer. Although others had shot surfers and surfing before him most notably Tom Blake it was not until Doc Ball that surf photography rightly came into its own. Leather hardcover, limited edition, illustrated, Published by Norman B. PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTION AND PHOTOS FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS.
AS IS - The book is in overall Poor to Fair used condition with issues. Like most copies of this work, the spine is detached and was previously taped, the tape has since been removed and the majority of the spine is present. The latter part of the book has damp stains to the lower right corner, prior owner's name on the front paste down, foxing and age toning to some of the pages, no other writing, no odors. Would benefit from a professional restoration to reback the the spine, the text block itself remains intact, please see images. The item "Vintage Surfing History California Surfriders by Doc Ball 1st Edition 1946 Rare" is in sale since Sunday, March 7, 2021.This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Magazines". The seller is "1annedero" and is located in Washington, District Of Columbia. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, China, Mexico, Germany, Japan, France, Australia, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.