The remarkable story of one of America's greatest unknown pioneers

Tom Blake, Malibu - 1928

Tom Blake, Malibu - 1928

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.

Tom Blake in Washburn, Wisconsin - 1989

Tom Blake in Washburn, Wisconsin - 1989

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.  

Our kickstarter goes until July 4th, so check out our video and spread the word!  It's time to tell Tom's story!

Our kickstarter goes until July 4th, so check out our video and spread the word!  It's time to tell Tom's story!

After meeting Duke Kahanamoku in Detroit, Tom followed his heart and found a home and purpose in Hawaii. 

After meeting Duke Kahanamoku in Detroit, Tom followed his heart and found a home and purpose in Hawaii. 

Lifeguarding techniques revolutionized by Tom Blake are credited for saving thousands of lives and are still practiced across the globe. 

Lifeguarding techniques revolutionized by Tom Blake are credited for saving thousands of lives and are still practiced across the globe. 

The Amazing Contributions of an Unknown Man

The invention of the hollow surfboard by Tom Blake was a major event in the evolution of surfing and lifeguarding techniques.   

The invention of the hollow surfboard by Tom Blake was a major event in the evolution of surfing and lifeguarding techniques.   

Tom's writings and essays seek a deeper understanding of humanknd's relationship with Nature.

Tom's writings and essays seek a deeper understanding of humanknd's relationship with Nature.

The rescue torpedo along with innovative lifeguarding techniques were the contributions that Tom was most proud of.  To this day, lives are saved thanks to Tom's vision and compassion. 

The rescue torpedo along with innovative lifeguarding techniques were the contributions that Tom was most proud of.  To this day, lives are saved thanks to Tom's vision and compassion. 

The introduction of the fin forever revolutionized the sport paving  the way for windsurfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and modern surf culture as we know it. 

The introduction of the fin forever revolutionized the sport paving  the way for windsurfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and modern surf culture as we know it. 

Tom's work as an actor, model and stuntman are oft-overlooked.  (Tom upper left, working as a stunt double for Clark Gable, seated)

Tom's work as an actor, model and stuntman are oft-overlooked.  (Tom upper left, working as a stunt double for Clark Gable, seated)

The waterproof housing, developed by Tom Blake, expanded photography and helped share the sport and joy of "wave riding" with the world.

The waterproof housing, developed by Tom Blake, expanded photography and helped share the sport and joy of "wave riding" with the world.

The first to surf Malibu Point, Tom Blake also holds the record for the longest wave ever ridden; over one mile in length.

The first to surf Malibu Point, Tom Blake also holds the record for the longest wave ever ridden; over one mile in length.

*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.