Sooner or later, I reckon, every Australian surfer feels the call to go out and really explore our vast coastline. I’d like to make that task a little easier. 50,000 Shades of Blue is a short e-book containing my reflections on our great round Australia road trip last year, along with my pick of the best wilderness surf spots in the country. I know this is a somewhat controversial move and will attract some flack, but I have tried to be sensitive and discerning about the places I feature, while also giving the serious cross-country surf-explorer some worthwhile guidance. Australia is such a vast country with thousands upon thousands of kilometres of empty coastal, it wasn’t until I got out amongst it that I realised just how challenging it can be finding surf on the road. Most of the places I have mentioned have been featured in the various surf guides printed or published on-line over the years without having hordes descend on them. Most of these places are so far off the beaten track or so far from our main population centres that serious crowds are unlikely to ever be an issue. A couple of them are household names, a couple of them are semi-secret mysto spots that I have been a little geographically vague about and one is an island that is simply crying out for more visitors to come and enjoy its uncrowded surf potential. Personally, I feel like anyone who takes the time and trouble to get out and really explore our vast island nation deserves a few little clues and signposts to help them on their way. Though there is plenty of empty surf-drenched coastline out there, I also discovered there are really only a relative handful of places where you can pull up and camp and find quality waves right out the front. We are blessed to live in a country where this is still possible and I’d urge any surfer to go out and experience all this coastline of ours has to offer, while treading sensitively and respecting the local crew in the water. I found the vast majority of local surfers welcoming and happy to share if you followed a few simple protocols. Paddle out wide of the break, sit and watch a few sets waves go through, ease your way gradually into the lineup, wait your turn, and if you are going to go make sure you go. 50,000 Shades of Blue is available as an ebook from Hampress, a new boutique e-publishing venture masterminded by esteemed Australian author Paul Ham. Their roster of authors is a veritable role call of eminent writers so I was pretty chuffed to be asked to contribute to their debut catalogue for the launch of their website. Click on the header above and for around the cost of a cup of coffee I’ll share a few tips and secrets from the great Australian Surfari.