Bill Delaney, director of “Free Ride,” dies aged 72

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Bill Delaney, the man who sculpted “Free Ride” and inspired future generations of surfers, passed away.

William Delaney was born in Santa Barbara, California, in 1946. He started surfing in 1962 and witnessed the sport’s evolution in Southern California before it spread to the rest of the world.

Three years after riding his first waves, Delaney was already taking surf photos. In 1969, his passion for visual arts led him to the Brooks Institute of Photography, where he perfected his natural skills.

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