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Becoming Westerly: Surf Legend Peter Drouyn's Transformation into Westerly Windina

Becoming Westerly: Surf Legend Peter Drouyn's Transformation into Westerly Windina

by Jamie Brisick




In the sixties and seventies, Australian Peter Drouyn was one of the world’s greatest surfers. He pioneered an aggressive approach called “power surfing,” introduced the man-on-man competition format, and charged giant waves in Hawaii. A Zelig figure, he took on many roles—method actor, surf resort owner, modeling school founder, and lawyer to name but a few. For nearly the past decade, Peter has been living as a woman, Westerly Windina, a complex, aspiring entertainer. Beginning with her 2012 trip to Bangkok for gender reassignment surgery, BECOMING WESTERLY traces Peter Drouyn’s odyssey from teenage Queensland hopeful to 1960s surf champion to embittered has-been who struggles to rise again as the glamorous, sixty-four-year-old Westerly Surf journalist Jamie Brisick provides an intimate exploration of global surf culture—a nuanced portrait of Peter/Westerly and the world that shaped her evolving identity. Brisick also co-directed the documentary film version of her story, titled Becoming Westerly.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937402747
Publisher: Outpost19
Publication date: 07/01/2015
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A former professional surfer and a Fulbright scholar, Jamie Brisick has written extensively about surfing for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Surfer's Journal. Drawing from his life in surfing, Brisick provides a nuanced portrait of two extraordinary people in one, and a very personal account of the courage and self-belief it has taken for Peter to become Westerly. He also served as co-director of the film adaptation of Becoming Westerly.

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