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KANGA Volume 1 Video

KANGA Volume 1 Video
I needed a video to play at my book signings for Volume 1. It tells the story of my journey from Cottesloe in Western Australia to the pinnacle of world surfing in Hawaii.

West Oz Book Signing Schedule

West Oz Book Signing Schedule
I'm in West Oz for four book signing events in mid-April. It will be the first time down south for a couple of years and I'm looking forward to seeing friends, watching a bit of the Margies WSL event and surfing a few waves.

Bells Beach - Wayne Murphy

Bells Beach - Wayne Murphy
Easter for many surfers in Australia means Bells Beach for the annual Rip Curl Pro. In 1976 Ian Cairns finished in second place at Bells behind Jeff Hakman. Ian crashed his new sports car into a forest of gum trees at Jan Juc that night after drinking too much vino. A cautionary tale. 

Reading - My thirst for knowledge

Reading - My thirst for knowledge
Vladimir Putin just won another term as President of Russia. I’ve just finished “Red Notice” by Bill Browder which talks about the perils of doing business in Russia and “The Man Without A Face” which illuminates Putin’s rise to power. I love history, geography and social constructs. Thank God we live in Australia or the USA.

1971 - by Wayne Murphy

1971 - by Wayne Murphy
In 1971 Fred Hemmings secured sponsorship from Continental Airways to stage the first Pipeline Masters. In Perth on a starry spring night the hungry eyes of Ian Cairns feasted upon the attractive figure of Pat Milner for the first time. And champion surfer Robert Conneeley was relocating from the east coast of Australia to live at Margaret River.

Duke Kahanamoku - Wayne Murphy

Duke Kahanamoku - Wayne Murphy

Photo: Duke Kahanamoku in Waikiki

Duke’s surfing demonstrations back in 1915 at Freshwater Beach, just around the headland from Manly. Together they ambled along to where Aussie surfing all started. Hearing Snow’s story was manna from heaven for the stoked young West Aussie who’d just been awarded the first Duke trophy.

"It is not the critic who counts"

"It is not the critic who counts"

Photo: On the beach at Haleiwa with (L to R) Bobby Owens, Nina Vance, Kanga, Fred Hemmings, Mark Richards and Bruce Jenner.

"It is not the critic who counts. ... The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly"

Spring Equinox - Wayne Murphy

Spring Equinox - Wayne Murphy

Photo: Kanga going hard off the bottom at Main Break, Margaret River in May of 1969.

Late autumn also means the roaring forties are coming alive with intense storms in the Southern Ocean which, in turn, send bigger swells towards Margaret River. The ten-day event in May 1969 was blessed with big swells in ideal conditions and offshore breezes most of the comp. Surf International magazine called it the best contest in the world.
The first round was held in thumping beach break waves at Scarborough Beach in Perth. Nat Young and Queensland’s Peter Drouyn dominated the open division while Wayne Lynch continued as the standout in the juniors.

Free Sample - Chapter 1 from Volume 1

This is Lady Kennaway, the ship that brought my Great Grandfather, George Cairns to Australia from Ireland in 1849.

Photo: The Lady Kennaway brought my Great Grandfather George Cairns to Victoria in 1849.

You can read a little more about Ian’s early years in Melbourne (below) and why the Cairns family moved to Sydney. That’s where Ian first learned to surf, at Avalon, before relocating to far away Western Australia in 1966. Ian’s great grandparents had set the tone for adventure.

KANGA Book - a history of Pro Surfing - PRE-SALE

KANGA Book - a history of Pro Surfing - PRE-SALE

Photo: KANGA Volume 1 set for delivery on April 16th.

The KANGA book has taken my collaborator, Wayne Murphy and I over three years of hard work and multiple re-writes. It's fundamentally a History of Pro Surfing through my eyes and through the eyes of many of my peers, both friend and foe. We have decided to break it into two Volumes.....my competitive career and my administrative career. It's quite a journey. We hope you like it. Kanga