TASCHEN Books recently released two surf titles: Bunker Spreckles: Surfing’s Divine Prince of Decadence and LeRoy Grannis: Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s.
Originally published in 2007, Bunker Spreckles has been out of print for several years due to its extreme popularity. The book details the story of Bunker Spreckles' life, his wealthy upbringing, his rise to fame, his epic downfall, and his lasting influence on the surfing industry. Filled with pictures of Bunker and his friends surfing (and partying) in places like Hawaii, South Africa, and Los Angeles, it captures every aspect of his hippie surfer/international playboy lifestyle. The biography also contains an extensive interview that was conducted shortly before the athlete’s tragic death.
LeRoy Grannis is a collection of this artist’s best and most poignant work. Widely hailed as the greatest surf photographer of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Grannis has been dubbed by the New York Times as "the godfather of surfphotography." His shots capture unbelievable waves, incredible wipeouts, and the darker side of a surfing lifestyle.