Leroy Grannis wasn't the first to depict the California lifestyle with his photos. It wasn't his idea to begin shooting in the first place. His contributions to surfing photography occurred over a brief 12-year period, and he hasn't much bothered with it since 1971. Nevertheless, most of the great images from the '60s' golden age of surfing, regardless of the magazine, bear the inscription “Photo: Grannis.”
Grannis was inducted onto the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame in 1999 and the International Surfing Hall of Fame in 1991, and in 2002, he was awarded the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.