Doc Ball had a huge influence on promoting surfing
world wide during the 1930’s and 1940’s because of
his over 900 photographs and thousands of feet of
16mm film that he shot in and out of the water of
the top surfers and innovators of that time such as
Tom Blake, Hoppy Swartz, Pete Peterson and
Legendary surfer, shaper and filmmaker Greg Noll
explains Doc’s influence on surfing and his friendship
with Doc Ball. Jack "Woody" Eckstrom describes
the process of shooting shots from the water
using Doc's water box.
The Life Story of Doc Ball is directed and produced by
Carl Ackerman who also made Shaping 101 with
John Carper of JC Hawaii that sold world wide .
The film is written and co-produced by Malcolm
Gault - Williams who has been writing books and
articles independently and for surf magazines for
over 25 years.
Our intent has been to make a film honoring the
legacy of surfing's first dedicated surf photographer
who, more than anyone, helped popularize surfing
during its early years as an emerging international
It is our hope that through our efforts, Doc's story
will be viewed, appreciated and enjoyed by viewers
interested in how surfing began in the United States;
what surfing was like before and after World War II;
and the story of a man who played such a large role
in popularizing the sport worldwide.
The Life Story of Doc Ball is a 54 minute documentary.
We are currently working on the trailer and will keep
this homepage updated on when and where this film
will be premiered.