Does The Ocean Love You Back? Vol. 1 & 2



I know you really love the ocean – that’s why you have this book in your hands, but the real question remains - Does The Ocean Love You Back?  You know, in the same fashion you love everything about surfing.


This book is full of fascinating pictures and interesting yarns - stories of highly tuned surfers who felt both loved and hated by the power of the ocean and it’s written for you – the dedicated, committed surfer, to help determine your unique, personal relationship with one of the most powerful forces in the world.


You give a lot to your dedication and commitment to the surf, you love it – but does the ocean love you back? ….. Let’s find out!


VOLUME 1: Jack McCoy - Albe Falzon - Wayne Bartholomew - Guy Ormerod - Tony Eltherington - Russell Specht - Mitch Parkinson - Chappy Jennings - Gary Green - Wayne Patrick Murphy - Peter Troy - Kiwi White - Dom Walsh and Brett Hodge amongst others.


VOLUME 2: Nat Young - Wayne Bartholomew - Cheyne Horan - Ian Cairns - Barton Lynch - Michael Peterson - Dean Morrison - Jack Robinson - George Greenough - Jay Carter - Kim McKenzie - Daddee Taylor - Dr. Geoff Booth - Mal Sutherland - Jasper Endersby and many, many more.


PHOTOS BY: Albe Falzon - Dick Hoole - Jack McCoy and Rob Hutchinson to name a few.     


Smooth/Radical - The Keith Paull Story

This expose of Keith Paull is long overdue. On the 50th anniversary of his breakthrough Australian Championship victory - the incredible rise and dramatic fall of surfing superstar Keith Paull is finally told by those who knew him best - in this one and only book about his life.


The whole story is here, revealing one of the most internationally admired pro-surfer/shapers the Gold Coast has ever produced. The raw truth, shared by his family, his mates, photographers, peers and his spirited competition in the surf - everyone who knew and loved the effortlessly smooth and yet destructively

radical KP.


As told by:

Albe Falzon - Nat Young - Bob McTavish - Wayne Lynch - Rob Conneeley - Wayne Bartholomew - Colette Paull - Peter Townend - Garry Birdsall - Bing Copeland - Randy Rarick - Gordon Merchant - Tommy Peterson - Baddy Treloar - Jack McCoy - Chris Brock - Stephen Cooney - Paul Neilsen - Richard Harvey, Kiwi White and David Sumpter amongst others.


Photos by Dick Hoole - Jack McCoy - Albe Falzon - Greg MacGillivray - John Witzig and many more

So...You Wanna Be A Surfer? Absolutely!

A collection of great stories of Pro Surfers and the Surfing Industry over a period of 85 years in Australia

Follow the author’s crazy antics in the political landscape, rites of passage through the surf scene and daring forays into the modelling world – Coke ads, Vogue spreads and political faux pas – all keep the reader enthralled and wanting to know what comes next, including insights into the surfing industry and all the greats that rode the waves over decades of time. Over 85 years of family surfing experience and adventures are told from the inside out – cleverly portrayed because the author was there, living the life, enjoying the interminable scene and surfing game – stories from those who know what it is like to get the feeling and never lose it!

Wayne Bartholomew - Michael Peterson - Peter Drouyn - Gordon Merchant - Wayne Deane - Mitch Parkinson - Noa Deane - Jack Freestone - Joe Engel - Jason Buttenshaw - Gary Elkerton - Garry Birdsall - Glen Rawlings

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A lot of writers have had a stab at surf history. Between Young, Baker, Warshaw, and Jarratt there wasn't a great deal more to be said, yet Chris 'Swag' Gudenswager was always puzzled at the treatment Keith Paull got by the media. Painted as a pitiful acid victim, everyone forgot the person who came before, the surfer who knocked off Nat and Midget, vegetarian, good looking, sunny disposition. In 'Smooth/Radical' Swag writes about a man in full.



Its a really good thing, rehashing their experiences from back in the ‘good’ol days’ and putting them in print for others to appreciate - to introduce young surfers coming through the ranks, “because the coastal towns are changing rapidly and the essence of these towns are eroding slowly and if the stories are not in print, they’ll never know how the industry got started, how good it was back then”.




The Keith Paull Story from a dedicated surfer in his own generation, is a welcome glimpse into KP’s life and the radical times in which he lived. Spanning the beautiful, exotic, smooth and radical moments he shared with anyone and everyone around him at that time. May he look down on this tribute to his genius and be pleased with the effort and the outcome and know how valuable his contribution to Australian surfing really was.






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I had the privilege of meeting many of the greats of the past within the surfing community. Within the thick of the pioneering days of the 60's - living right in there with the emerging surfing cult in Australia as my family was 'in the industry' in a major way. Growing up - into the surf world from a very young age - meant experiencing some incredibly inspirational people.

While enjoying these original true stories, you will quickly realise - some of these greats are just human like the rest of us, with all our faults and frailties – in and out of the water and of course, like characters in the dry world, some you wouldn't want to know.

My personal knowledge and experience of these guys and girls in those days, places me in a perfect position to tell a few funny yarns as I was there, in the flesh and I know they share my enthusiasm for wanting their surfing history told. Portrayed in the raw, so readers can appreciate what a great world it was back then - and still is - and will remain so, as long as there are human heroes combating the surf and defying gravity.

I can vouch for the raw reality portrayed in this book as I am the 3rd generation surf nut in my surfing family and my son is either shaping himself a new surfboard as we speak, or out there on a wave somewhere, to keep the dream alive.

At the time of writing this book in 2017 I'm 55 years young (as surfing tends to keep you that way) and when you pass the 50 mark still on a board, you'll know you've earned the right to tell your story. You will, after decades in the water, acquire an amazing ability to laugh at yourself and lighten up about what other people think (about you or anything else) and you will develop the courage to tell your story, your way.

So…you Wanna be a Surfer? Great… let's find out!




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