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Surf World Surf Museum Gold Coast to host Ian “Kanga” Cairns book launch, with Peter Townend and Wayne Bartholomew

18 March 19


Big wave champion and original ASP President Ian Cairns will kick off the Australian Book tour on the Gold Coast with his Kanga biography, told across two books, as written with longtime West Australian friend and writer Wayne Murphy.

What makes this night even more special is that Kanga will be joined by fellow professional pioneers Peter “PT” Townend and Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew.

 “When we analyse our careers and remember all the people we competed with, many of us like me and Rabbit and PT had competitive tussles in and out of the water,” Kanga said and elaborated further with a conciliatory remark.

“In essence though, we need to look back with a sparkle in our eyes and gladly accept we are all part of surfing history, that we have many good things and experiences in common. We need to recognize this so we can laugh about the hassles we had, and be supportive and congratulatory too."

Cairns feels honoured to have fought hard against super competitive guys like Mark Richards (MR), Shaun Tomson, Jeff Hakman, Peter Townend (PT), Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Michael Ho, Buzzy Kerbox, Reno Abellira, Michael Peterson (MP), and others of their stature.

“All of them have truly enriched my life. To have stood and be counted as a worthy adversary in the heat of battle with these brave men still fortifies my very being. So now, returning to the Gold Coast and sharing the stage at the Surf Museum with Rabbit and PT, to share some more stories and launch this book, well that really stokes me!”

Ian Cairns was born in Victoria, learnt how to surf at Avalon on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and then moved to Perth with his Family where his surfing career took off riding the big waves of Margaret River that gave him a fearless reputation in Hawaii.

Throughout the 70s single fin era, Cairns was such a dominant figure on the North Shore of Oahu that he was regarded as one of the best surfers in the World.  His famous snapback was the money turn, carving hard and fast in the pocket during the 1977 Stubbies Classic at Burleigh Heads. That event was won by enigmatic Kirra superstar Michael Peterson. Cairns was deprived of a World Title despite winning 7 majors.

Fittingly his final victory was in 1980 in double overhead waves at Haleiwa. But perhaps his biggest victory was seeing his vision of surfing become a professional reality. Don't miss these Titans of World Professional Surfing, as they trace the steps of Surfing Professionalism and peer into the crystal ball to commentate on its future!

Other surfing legends attending include author Phil Jarratt, moviemakers Jack McCoy & Dick Hoole and special guest appearance from Gold Coast-based Australian singer-songwriter Terry Hannigan of Morning of the Earth soundtrack fame for his song, “I’ll Be Alright.”

Surf World Surf Museum at Currumbin Gold Coast will host the Legends of Professional Surfing with Ian “Kanga” Cairn’s book launch on Thursday 4th April from 6pm during 2019 Quiksilver & Boost Mobile Pro.

Tickets to be sold ONLY on Eventbrite - $10.00 admission

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