Croul Publications launch Tom Blake Scrapbook
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 September, 2014 - This is the holy grail of photos, clippings and cards with handwritten comments by the pioneer surfer himself. At 64 pages, 11″ x 13″ landscape format, with scores of images and amazing firsthand inside information and observation it is a remarkable journey back in time to the 1920s – 1940s, especially in Hawaii.
Fascinating hours can be spent browsing through it without catching every little nuance and nugget of insight. It was this scrapbook that provided much of the imagery that was used in our biography “Tom Blake: The Uncommon Journey of a Pioneer Waterman” by Gary Lynch and Malcolm Gault-Williams. In fact the Tom Blake Scrapbook is an almost essential companion piece for that definitive work
The scrapbook was almost lost: caught in a flood, cut up with a razor blade or scalpel, it was in terrible shape until we brought it back to almost mint condition with the help of Art Brewer Photography.