• EDITION: 1 to 100 STOCK & PRINT: Giclée prints on Moab Natural Paper. All prints are supplied in matt & backed. IMAGE SIZE: 26.5cm x 40cm (approx). OUTSIDE MEASUREMENT: 52cm x 42cm Garth Murphy was one of the early American surfers to settle in Byron Bay. He was my friend and business associate from California who I came to visit in Byron in 1970. I never really left the place completely after that. Russell was Queensland’s State Surfing Champion in the late 60s. He was an excellent surfer in constant motion with a very smooth style in, and out, of the water. After the 1968 World Surfing Championship in Puerto Rico, Russell became shy of competition and lead a more ellusive life. I met him in Kauai when he and Garth stayed with me and surfed perfect point waves at Hanalei Bay in 1969. Russell had come there to pick up his brand new Dick Brewer board. This photo catches his wily nature. His nickname at the time was ‘la Ruse’ French for fox, or so we thought, for those who don’t know.
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  • EDITION: 1 to 100 STOCK & PRINT: Giclée prints on Moab Natural Paper. All prints are supplied in matt & backed. IMAGE SIZE: 26.5cm x 40cm (approx). OUTSIDE MEASUREMENT: 52cm x 42cm The dynamic, wide ranging and raging personality of Peter has left his mark on the world of surfing. Smiling and vivacious, he is an original thinker: the one who conceived and implemented the first man-on-man format to surfing competition and introduced surfing to China. This same year, 1970, he won the Australian National Titles. Not shy in expressing his views Peter did ruffle the feathers of the surfing power structure. His surfing style was strongly aggressive but very controlled, linked and sturdy. Peter seemed to be always in the motion of making changes in established ways and challenging the staid and standard public perceptions. Recently, Peter has become a woman called Westerly.
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  • EDITION: 1 to 100 STOCK & PRINT: Giclée prints on Moab Natural Paper. All prints are supplied in matt & backed. IMAGE SIZE: 26.5cm x 40cm (approx). OUTSIDE MEASUREMENT: 52cm x 42cm This is most likely the only photograph of surfing’s most renowned rogues/rebels together. Mickey had just pulled into town, unexpected of course, and here they sit on the fence on Jonson Street, Byron Bay, discussing where the best waves and opportunities lie. I love this photo showing the contrast in style: Mickey’s Italian leather shoes and groomed attire versus Russell’s country boy bare feet and scruffy long hair. And, of course, a Byron Bay when it was a sleepy town.
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