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The biography of 1978 world surfing champion Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew

bustinRabbit’s best-selling biography was first published in 1996 and updated in 2002, chronicling his inspiring journey from Coolangatta street urchin to world champion. Growing up tough on the beaches and the pinball halls of the southern Gold coast of the ’60s, Rabbit dreamed of a professional surfing tour before such a thing existed. Trading perfect barrels at Kirra with Michael Peterson and Peter Townend helped prepared him for a Hawaiian baptism of fire and a hair-raising ride on the fledgling pro tour once he’d help will it into existence. Rabbit’s career defines the modern pro era, starting with almost nothing, surviving on his wits and rising to the top of the surfing world.

“A distinctly Hunter S. Thomspon quality, with Bartholomew pin balling his way from one wild brawl to another drunken binge, always teetering on the edge of total disaster … He emerges as someone you’d definitely enjoy having lunch with because he is a born story teller who’s been out there and amongst it with the best of them.” Peter Fitzsimmons, the Sydney Morning Herald.

“This is a tremendous book: warm, honest inspirational and fun.” Mike Coleman, Sunday Telegraph.

“No triumph-over-adversity cliches or mind-numbing statistical blasts here. A sports read offering a legitimate story untouched by agents or PR flunkies … a fine book.” Steve Rielly, The Age.