Ron Stoner is widely considered the original master of color surf photography. Stoner not only photographed perfect moments of board-meets-wave, but also genuinely captured the surf and beach culture of Southern California during the late 1960s. Over the course of his career, Stoner landed many back-to-back covers of Surfer Magazine and is often described as “the most tuned in” photographer of California’s golden age of surfing. Although Stoner mysteriously disappeared at the height of his career in the early 70s, his legacy lives on through his work. Stoner’s images provide perfect snapshots of clean waves and the timelessness of the sport. Today, it’s rare to flip through a history of surfing book without the inclusion of his iconic photographs.
Suited for surf and sun, we teamed up with one of our favorite fabric mills and created the swim trunks we wanted but couldn’t find. Surfs up.
*Photographs courtesy of the Surfing Heritage Foundation