Ian Cairns' Talk Story and book tour
Last year Volume 1 of Ian Cairns' biography came out.
That's right, Volume 1. So storied is Kanga's life that it took two volumes to tell it all. Volume 2 is out now and Kanga and his biographer, Wayne Patrick Murphy, are taking the show on the road.
I was going to cut and paste the press release, but let's face it, anyone who's gonna turn up to one of Kanga's Talk Story events already knows who the big fella is.
So instead I've picked a few choice testimonials that give you a taste of what to expect. See the dates at bottom.
Eddie Rothman: Why would I want to talk about Ian Cairns? That fucker kept me in jail.
Nick Carroll: I think Ian is one of the most complex and fascinating men in surfing. He completely refused to curry favor with the sport’s supposedly cool “Soul Brigade” and instead took off in an entirely different direction. A hell of a lot of the best surfers in the world voted with their feet and went the same way. Ian didn’t seem to give a flying fuck whether you liked him or not. And he could back it up in the water, which so many of the arbiters of surfing style at the time, including many of his critics, never could.
Kelly Slater: He can be a bit of a dick Ian Cairns, but he sure has balls.
Randy Rarick (Hawaiian events director): Ian Cairns made a huge mistake by backing Graham Cassidy in moving the world tour to finish in Australia. Fred Hemmings wasn’t going to take that lying down. It was war then.
Fred Hemmings (world champion): Randy Rarick called me a surfing Czar. I thought that was a pretty good metaphor. But if I was a Czar, then he should have called Ian Cairns a Bolshevik. Ian is one of surfing’s most provocative characters. It was war when I was confronted with his takeover by the Association of Surfing Professionals.
Mark Richards: As a surfer Kanga charged the North Shore harder than anybody. He was in a league of his own when it got huge. What gets forgotten about his time as an administrator is Kanga didn’t start the ASP for the benefit of Ian Cairns. He did it for the benefit of pro surfing.
- April 8: Monday, 7pm, Ballina RSL Club. Talk Story and book signing.
- April 9: Tuesday, 4pm - 5.30pm, Coffs Harbour, Cooper's Surf Shop, Talk Story and book signing.
- April 10: Wednesday evening, Newcastle, 6pm start, The Beach Hotel, Merewether.
- April 11: Thursday 6pm, Avalon Bowls Club, Talk Story and book signing.
- April 12: Friday 6pm, The Bucket List, Bondi Beach, Talk Story and book signing.
- April 13: Saturday 1pm, Cronulla, Force 9 Surfboards, Talk Story and book signing.
- April 14: Sunday afternoon, Phillip Island Board Riders Club (waiting for afternoon time to be confirmed)
- April 16: Tuesday 5pm. Torquay Books, Talk Story and book signing
- April 17: Wednesday 7pm, National Surf Museum in Torquay, Talk Story and book signing
- April 16 to 19, Bells Beach for the Rip Curl Pro and sales at WSL merchandise area.