Andrew Crockett will sign copies of Switch Foot II at Tweed Heads on Saturday.
Andrew Crockett will sign copies of Switch Foot II at Tweed Heads on Saturday.

Crocket's book explores Tweed surf

CLASSIC moments in the history of Tweed and southern Gold Coast surfing are explored in Andrew Crocket’s new book Switch Foot II.

It is the sequel to Mr Crocket’s widely acclaimed Switch Foot, which gained him a place in the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame.

At 368 pages, the coffee-table style is more of a tome than a book and was put together with more than 90 contributors.

But don’t expect any shots of modern surfers popping “airs” or “carving powerful turns”.

“It is more about the timeless surf imagery with insightful words from some of the elders in surfing, some art, plus a few characters from the modern era as well,” Mr Crocket said.

So how did the second book swell to double the original’s size?

“I wanted to make something so big, that once you picked it up, you couldn’t put it down,” Mr Crocket said.

“And if people don’t like it, they can use it as a door stop,” he laughed.

Crocket, who hails from the Byron Bay hinterland, won’t paddle into a crowded line-up, so is not a regular at Gold Coast breaks.

“An older surfer said once ‘The Superbank is the most competitive break in the world, when it is on’, but surfing is a massive part of the Gold Coast culture and Switch Foot contributes into that culture, just not the competitive elements of the culture, the more classic elements.”

Mr Crocket will sign copies of Switch Foot II at Angus and Robertson, Tweed City Shopping Centre from 2pm before a launch party at the Gold Coast Surf Museum at Currumbin from 5pm with music from Sol R Carroll.

The book features contributions from Kirra Board-Riders, Mal Sutherland, who talks about Kirra in the early 1950s and 1960s, plus images from photographers Marty Tullemans and Eddie Sawden.

It also includes “brilliant” photos of Peter Drouyn in Hawaii from 1967.



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