Bill Andrews (1944-2017) was a surfer, documentary photographer/videographer, and archivist. During his daily reportage of modern surf culture, Andrews archived over 20,000 surf-related photographs and videos. His work can be seen on the online chronicle “A Day with BA” and on youtube.
Andrews grew up surfing in La Jolla, California. He caught his first wave in 1957 at La Jolla Shores Beach. By the early sixties, he had joined the line-up at Windansea Beach, and with other local surfers, he helped establish Black’s Beach as a world class break. The Surfer’s Journal calls Andrews the “first Black’s local”, a considerable accomplishment given the difficult trail or long paddle to access Black’s Beach at that time. In 1965 Andrews’ reputation landed him on the cover of Surfer magazine. The Ron Stoner photograph shows Andrews crouched and gliding on infinite wave face glass at Black’s.