That Summer at Boomerang

That Summer at Boomerang : From the Waves at Waikiki to the Sand Dunes of Freshwater, the True Story of Duke Kahanamoku in Australia

By (author) Phil Jarratt


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The narrative begins in Hawaii, tracing the renaissance of surfing after decades of missionary prohibition, and the rise of the Waikiki beach boys as tourism begins to transform the pineapple port of Honolulu. That Summer at Boomerang recreates pre-World War I Australia and tells a tale of our collective loss of innocence via the story of the charistmatic Duke Kahanamoku - Hawaii's best surfer and swimmer, who comes to our shores one summer and picks an average Aussie girl out of the audience to ride his long board with him. When he lifts Isabel onto his shoulders to ride the wave into shore before a packed beach, it's a symbol of the seismic change that is already rippling through the nation as the rules and regulations of the 19th century give way to the anything-goes beach culture we recognise today. The story centres on Sydney, Australia, but moves between Honolulu, Hawaiii, Stockholm and the Olympics in 1912, and even California (where the Duke eventually goes in search of a Hollywood film career, followed by Isabel). But many more characters from history people these pages - such as novelist Jack London, our first sport promoter Hugh 'Huge Deal' Mcintosh as well as other sporting greats - as one season, one summer, epitomises the end of an era and the birth of a new one.

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 24mm | 419.99g
  • 03 Mar 2014
  • South Yarra
  • English
  • Black and white text and photos throughout
  • 1742705251
  • 9781742705255
  • 317,574

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Phil Jarratt lives in Noosa, Australia and is the leading writer on surfing and surfing history in Australia. He has published many books on surfing and sport biographies including Salts and Suits, Hottest 100 Surfing legends, Kelly Slater (Chronicle Books), Surfing Australia: The Complete History of Surf Board Riding in Australia. He is a former editor of Tracks magazine, and was a senior executive at Quiksilver. He is extremely well connected in the industry. For this book he has travelled several times to Hawaii to research at the Bishop Museum.

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