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Surfing legend Peter Drouyn turns from board to “broad”

Westerly Windina
Westerly Windina

THE story of Gold Coast surfing legend Peter Drouyn who announced he planned to undergo a sex change in Thailand in 2009, has hit the limelight again.

American film production company Westward Productions recently announced it planned to make a documentary about Peter and his alter-ego, Westerly Windina and film the operation Peter was about to undergo to become a "full woman."

My Daily News surfing columnist, surfing legend and Peter's childhood friend, Andy Mackinnon, said he was really upset about the news and felt that Peter was selling himself short.

"Everyone who really knows Peter is really concerned," he said.

"It all goes back to around the year 2000 when Peter thought he might want to change his gender.

"At first he just dressed up as a woman, then slowly changed his character and became Westerly.

"He grew up a macho guy and was a real ladies man, but now is the complete opposite."

Although Mr Drouyn planned the sex change operation for years, he never actually made it to Thailand due to financial problems.

The planned documentary may finally fulfil Mr Drouyn's longstanding wish.

But those close to him are uncertain this is the best thing for him.

A short video which tells Mr Drouyn's story in a nutshell and is accompanied by comments from a number of surfing legends such as Wayne 'rabbit' Bartholomew has been released online by Westward Productions.

The production company asks people to donate money if they want the documentary and the operation, to go ahead.

Mr Mackinnon said he didn't like the way the production company treated his friend and criticised the campaign to raise money.

Mr Drouyn was put in a difficult position and could be pushed into making a decision he didn't really intend to make, according to Mr Mackinnon.

Topics:  surfing



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