Davis, Dale

Hard-working Southern California surf filmmaker of the 1960s and early '70s. Davis was born (1940) and raised in Santa Monica, began surfing in his early teens, graduated in 1963 from the Brooks Institute of Photography, and later that year released Walk on the Wet Side, his first surf movie. Strictly Hot, his 1964 follow-up, was one of the first surf films to use a prerecorded narration. Davis—a slender, smiling, likable figure, with an amazing tan and perfectly slicked-back hair; the most "...