The remarkable story of one of America's greatest unknown pioneers
The invention of the hollow surfboard and fin contributed greatly to the evolution of the sport of surfing. A sport now enjoyed by millions. The rescue torpedo and ground breaking lifeguard techniques have played an important role in saving the lives of thousands of people, young and old, across the world. These life-changing accomplishments are just a few of many created by one man. One man, whose life journey was as epic as his accomplishments. Our film, Surfing with Tom, will tell his story.
Who was Tom Blake? His accomplishments are the stuff of legend; thanks to him many of them influence your life to this day: surfing, lifesaving techniques in water rescue, windsurfing, photography and even skateboarding and snowboarding are influenced by his efforts. Despite these accomplishments, many still ask, "Who was Tom Blake?"
It is time to tell Tom's story.
For some, Tom Blake may be a hero; to others a tragic figure. To those who only knew him during the last decades of his life, he may have been an odd and lonely man. Ultimately, these impressions of Tom reveal a man whose gifts to the world extend far beyond a wave ridden or a life saved.
The Amazing Contributions of an Unknown Man
*Many thanks to the Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center for use of the images of Tom Blake for the purpose of the Surfing with Tom Kickstarter Campaign.