Free Event but please book for catering purposes at the Bookshop on (03)5289 7052.
As Bells Beach celebrates 50 years of competitive surfing, Great Escape Books will celebrate the man who started it all – Peter Troy. Peter, who passed away in 2008, was an original and influential figure in the early days at Bells Beach (he organised the first contest there in 1962) before setting off in 1963 on a surf/travel adventure of epic proportions, from Europe to Hawaii, South America to Africa, introducing surfing to Brazil and discovering untold perfect waves, including Nias off the coast of Sumatra.
Peter’s remarkable life story is documented in To the Four Corners of the World, which was published earlier this year. The evening will begin with a slideshow of iconic images by pioneering surf photographer Barrie Sutherland, who documented the early days of surfing in Torquay during the 1950s and 60s and whose beautifully composed black and white images of empty line-ups, dirt car parks and campfires defined the era.
Discussion of Peter’s amazing story will be led by local filmmaker and author Brendan McAloon, who edited To the Four Corners of the World. Joining Brendan will be two of Peter’s contemporaries, Terry Wall and Rod Brooks, both significant figures in the history of Bells Beach.Terry was one of the winners of the inaugural contest at Bells, while Rod was a six-time Victorian champion. Peter, Terry and Rod were all named in the top 10 Victorian surfers of the modern era in 2006.