Monday, 15 June 2009
Richard Harvey is a real renaissance man. Seems like thereís nothing this bloke canít do Ė hot surfer, artist, shaper, photographer, writer. He was the 1973 Australian surfing champion, but it turns out thatís the least of his accomplishments.
Iíve known Harvey since he was the best goofy-foot on Sydneyís northern beaches, and didnít mind telling you so. Later on, when he moved north, I can recall some lovely Burleigh Cove sessions when heíd give Doris, Al Byrne and Guy Ormerod a run for backside honours, and a few weeks back he took out the 60s division in Noosa.
But Richard has always used his surfing as a platform from which to launch into other adventures, and this approach to life forms the core of Spirit of Adventure, a classy little print-on-demand coffee table book documenting nearly half a century of surf, travel and adventure, created through blurb.com and available from harveysurf.com
Harvey takes us amusingly through the Mona Vale years with Busher and the gang, then off on a series of adventures in Indo, Europe, Maroc and Japan, all illustrated with his own and friendsí art and photography. He didnít climb Everest or tow in at Jaws, but Richardís surf and snow-based adventures are the kind we can all identify with, and maybe weíve shared some of the experiences. For me it brought back a whole host of memories, mostly good, and for that Iím grateful.
Richard makes some play of the fact that this is Volume One Ė so the backsider from the Basin ainít done yet! More power to him.
Ė Phil Jarratt