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Father of Australian surf writing Phil Jarratt launches new book



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Phil will hold a book signing for his new memoir – "Life of Brine"

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 February, 2018 - He is a legend of Australian surf culture with more stories than most surfers have had waves and he’ll be at this year’s Australian Longboard Open at Kingscliff next week.

He is Phil Jarratt, the father of Australian Surf writing and he is bringing his stories to the Longboard titles as part of the “on-shore” entertainment.

Phil will hold a book signing for his new memoir – Life of Brine at Brothers Café Restaurant and Bar in Marine Parade Kingscliff from 7pm (NSW). The event is free and according to Longboard Open event organizer Sean McKeown, a chance to catch up with a legend.

“Phil is one of the true characters of the surf culture. His brief forays into activities outside of surfing have only been to enable him to follow the surf,” Sean said.

“His time at Tracks magazine is now an important part of surfing history. More recently his dedication to building the Noosa Festival of Surfing as the event director has seen  it grow into the largest longboard surfing event in the world.”

Phil will present a short film on the book as well as holding a Q&A session and telling some yarns. The book will be available for sale and for signing.

“It really will be a fun, interesting and unpredictable event and one of the things that set the Australian Longboard Open a little aside,” Sean said.

“This event is all about the professional surfing but it is a lot more – we hope to have a lot of amateurs and first-timers out there, we will be fundraising for the Tweed branch of Headspace and then we have all the cultural events, like this books signing, the Kingscliff Nightmarkets, buskers, the involvement of the local indigenous community and displays of old cars and old boards.

“This really is an event for everyone.... Sure we will have current WSL Women’s World Champion Honolua Blomfield and California’s triple world champion Taylor Jenson competing this year in the professionals but the event is about encompassing all facets of the culture and all levels of competitor.”

Surfing action begins on February 28 with finals and presentations on March 4.


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