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

Duke Kahanamoku. 

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. 


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