Author(s): Phil Jarratt
The definitive guide to Australia's surfing history, published in conjunction with Surfing Australia. Australian surf culture is over a century old, and it still hasn't grown up. From its roots as an illegal pastime to its current incarnation as a professional sport, surfing's enduring appeal has always been the carefree, quintessentially Australian lifestyle that goes with it. Australian surf culture has always had competing impulses of chaos and order. For every Boot Hill Gang there is a Surf Life Saving Association; for every tragic drug disqualification, a World Title winner. From Tommy Tanna, Alick Wickham and Freddie Williams's pioneering surf lifestyles to the hedonism of 1950s beach culture, the Coolangatta Kids of the 1970s, to the eventual professionalised machine that surfing in Australia has now become, this is the complete, no-holds-barred history of both sides of the story. With forewords by Mark Richards and Layne Beachley, Australia's World Champion surfers, this book is the definitive history of surfing in Australia.
Lavishly illustrated, featuring images spanning the earliest beginnings of surfing in Australia to the current day; Author Phil Jarratt is a well-known figure in the surf community; Covers obscure and forgotten events and figures of surfing as well as the most famous individuals in Australian surfing; Perfect gift for surfers and surf culture enthusiasts; Published and marketed in association with SURFING AUSTRALIA, the peak professional body of competitive surfing in Australia and officially launched with their 50th Anniversary year celebrations and also as part of the launch of 2013 The Year of the Surfer.
Phil Jarratt has worked in surf publishing and the surf industry for more than 35 years. In addition he has covered business and politics as a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin and London's Daily Mail, edited publications as diverse as Tracks surfing magazine, Insight travel guides and Playboy, been the author or co-author of some twenty books, and published books and magazines through his own Australian imprint, Blue Group. His biographies, Home: The Evonne Goolagong Story and Mr Sunset, have won international acclaim. His most recent books are Australia's Hottest 100 Surfing Legends, Salts and Suits, Kelly Slater: For the Love and The Surfing Year Book.