National Geographic : 1944 Sep
J.H.Ball Catching a Big One That Will Build Up to a 15-footer Is a Real Thrill Here, two riders are definitely "on," one may "catch" yet, and two others have missed. Dr. J. H . Ball tookthis "close-up" picture while balanced nonchalantly on a board carried by the same wave. For such snapshots he uses a camera in a waterproof case of his own devising. The surfers swam out, pushing their boards, to a rendezvous several hundred yards offshore. There they waited for the huge wave to come.