Author(s): Peter Troy
Peter Troy's travels are the stuff of surf legend. An original and influential figure in the early days at Bells Beach, Troy left Australia in 1963 and roamed the planet with surfboard under arm, from Europe to Hawaii, South America to Africa, introducing surfing to Brazil and discovering untold perfect waves, like Nias off the coast of Sumatra. He was a pioneer, comparing lugging his balsa longboard around the globe to travelling with a grand piano. But his surfboard was his letter of introduction and his trail-blazing adventures etched his name into surfing folklore, inspiring a generation to look beyond their local beach. He documented every step of his remarkable journey in letters home, which remained undiscovered until his untimely death in 2008. This is his story.
When Peter Troy died two years ago his wife discovered several trunks containing diaries, postcards, photos and lots of other memento's of Peter's surfing life through the 60's & 70's. This treasure trove has been turned into an amazing snapshot of the birth of surf culture and a page turning travel narrative of a young man out to explore the world at a time when this was a challenge in itself (let alone with a monster surf board over your shoulder).