Rosebud surfing veteran Max Evans takes a seat in the sun at the GPO Hotel in Rosebud and he’s excited.
This local is holding a glossy, coffee table-style book filled with surfing photographs from the 1960s and ‘70s and it’s taken Max, 69, and surfing mate Geoff White 13 months to produce and publish it. It’s titled Surfing Nostalgia and it’s a collection of Max and his mates’ photographs taken along the east coast of Australia, most of which have never been seen by the general public before.
Mornington Peninsula surfing legend Mick Pierce is on the cover and features inside, along with page after page of photographs that, in Max’s words, “depict the essence of an era, our youth and a simple way of life that has slipped away…”
It was a time when there were few crowds at Australia’s best beaches and surfers had great breaks to themselves. Max and Geoff expect their beautiful book to have meaning for all Baby Boomers and any Australian who has fond memories of waves gone by.
Locally, Surfing Nostalgia captures a rare swell at Quarantine – a surf spot just up from the Quarantine Station at Portsea National Park. “It’s a very dangerous place to be, on the edge of the infamous Port Phillip rip,” Max writes. “Mainly locals surf here, there are very few visitors.”
Geoff’s foreword sums it up: “Australia had a new culture evolving and this collection serves to freeze our adventures in time. Through Surfing Nostalgia, we can show the new generations how joyful our experience was and how proud we are to have shared in it and lived through it.”
Surfing Nostalgia is available at the Rosebud Book Barn, Point Nepean Rd; Peregrine Publishing (peregrinepublishing.com.au); The Flock of Seagulls in Rye; All Things Ocean, in Rye; and keep an eye out for it at booktopia.com.au and amazon.com.au. Surfing Nostalgia’s RRP is $37.
*You might see Max and his mates this summer on the southern Peninsula performing in a brand new band called The Hillbilly Cats, playing Elvis songs, Blues and more.