Merkel, Dan

Gruff and disciplined surfing cameraman from Southern California, best known for the high-impact still photography he shot for Surfing magazine in the '70s, and as the primary water photographer for 1977's era-defining surf film Free Ride. Merkel was born in Belgium (1948), the son of an army serviceman. He grew up in North Dakota and the San Francisco Bay Area, began surfing in 1963, moved to Southern California the following year, bought his first professional-quality camera in 1968, and ha...