News

New Turning Point for surfer Rusty

SURF LEGEND: Rusty Miller and Tricia Shantz with their new book at Byron Bay’s Main Beach.
SURF LEGEND: Rusty Miller and Tricia Shantz with their new book at Byron Bay’s Main Beach. Gary Chigwidden

LOCAL surfing legend Rusty Miller surely has created a first with his new book, Turning Point.

With the sub-title, Surf Portraits and Stories from Bells to Byron 1970-71, the book features about 60 images in its pages and not one of them shows any surfing action.

The only real surfing shot is on the cover and the surfer in that photo is only part of the background with the main focus on people watching from the point at Lennox Head.

"That's the only actual surfing shot," said Rusty, the 1965 US Surfing Champion who came to Australia in 1970 and stayed.

"It was all about the people. So it's very different in that way."

The "people" were all photographed by Rusty in 1970 and 1971 and formed the basis for exhibitions at Manly and Byron Bay in the last two years.

After someone at one of the exhibitions suggested the photos would "make a good book", he and his wife, Tricia Shantz, thought it a good idea as well.

They spent a couple of very wet winters at their Coorabell home going through hundreds of photos to select suitable images and also began the task of identifying people in the photos.

Some of them, famous Australian surfing faces, some of them not, they obviously knew, but there were others they didn't know.

With the help of friends in the surfing world and after numerous local and international phone calls and emails, they were able to identify some of the people.

Once contacted, the people in the photos were asked to recall their memories of that moment and those memories formed the basis of the stories accompanying their photos.

Rusty believes the images and the stories in the book capture the atmosphere of those days.

Turning Point, designed by John Witzig, is available for $40 at Driftlab and Mary Ryan's.

Topics:  surfing



Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

More Essential Energy work stoppages on the cards

The future of some Essential Energy employees in Coffs Harbour is still in limbo.

Essential Energy rejects union offer to go to Fair Work Commission

Fair go for regional jobs

JOB HUNT: Unemployment has long been an issue on the Coffs Coast with some, like Jimmy Thorne, who has previously taken to the roadside to advocate for employment opportunities.

Coffs residents are 2.3% more likely to be jobless than city slickers

Jamie craves a job near family

JOB SEEKING: Former Coffs Coast local Jamie Irwin.

Jamie craves a job close to family

Latest deals and offers


Spectacular Crash as Corvette Flips at Drag Races

Corvette flips at 350kmh.

Driver walks away from 350kmh crash in Texas.

Star Wars: Force Awakens told in Emojis

Disney has released an emoji version of The Force Awakens.

To commemorate Star Wars Day, Disney releases emoji version of film on a smart...

NYPD join dance challenge

New York Police respond to NZ dance challenge.

New York's finest accept Kiwi dance challenge.

Korora property provides the resort lifestyle

Live the resort lifestyle at Korora

Like to live in your own resort?

Renting harder in Coffs than Sydney

HIGH DEMAND: Coffs Harbour rental properties are in higher demand than in Sydney.

Coffs Harbour’s rental vacancy rate at lowest level in eight years

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog