Smooth / Radical: The Keith Paull Story

This expose of Keith Paull is long overdue. On the 50th anniversary of his breakthrough Australian Championship victory – the incredible rise and dramatic fall of surfing superstar Keith Paull is finally told by those who knew him best – in this one and only book about his life.

The whole story is here, revealing one of the most internationally admired pro-surfer/shapers the Gold Coast has ever produced. The raw truth, shared by his family, his mates, photographers, peers and his spirited competition in the surf – everyone who knew and loved the effortlessly smooth and yet destructively radical KP.

As told by:

Albe Falzon – Nat Young – Bob McTavish – Wayne Lynch – Rob Conneeley – Wayne Bartholomew – Colette Paull – Peter Townend – Garry Birdsall – Bing Copeland – Randy Rarick – Gordon Merchant – Tommy Petersen – Baddy Treloar – Jack McCoy – Chris Brock – Stephen Cooney – Paul Neilsen – Richard Harvey and David Sumpter amongst others.

Photos by Dick Hoole – Jack McCoy – Albe Falzon – Greg MacGilvray – John Witzig and many more.

A collection of great stories of Pro Surfers and the Surfing Industry over a period of 85 years in Australia

Follow the author’s crazy rites of passage through the surf scene and daring forays into the modelling world – Coke ads, Vogue spreads and political faux pas – all keep the reader enthralled and wanting to know what comes next, including insights into the surfing industry and all the greats that rode the waves over decades of time. Over 85 years of family surfing experience and adventures are told from the inside out – cleverly portrayed because the author was there, living the life, enjoying the interminable scene and surfing game – stories from those who know what it is like to get the feeling and never lose it!

Bartholomew, Petersen, Drouyn, Merchant, Parkinson, Deane, Freestone, Engel, Buttenshaw, Elkerton, Birdsall, Rawlings


Chris SWAG Gudenswager

I had the privilege of meeting many of the greats of the past within the surfing community. Within the thick of the pioneering days of the 60’s – living right in there with the emerging surfing cult in Australia as my family was ‘in the industry’ in a major way. Growing up – into the surf world from a very young age – meant experiencing some incredibly inspirational people.

While enjoying these original true stories, you will quickly realise – some of these greats are just human like the rest of us, with all our faults and frailties – in and out of the water and of course, like characters in the dry world, some you wouldn’t want to know.

My personal knowledge and experience of these guys and girls in those days, places me in a perfect position to tell a few funny yarns as I was there, in the flesh and I know they share my enthusiasm for wanting their surfing history told. Portrayed in the raw, so readers can appreciate what a great world it was back then – and still is – and will remain so, as long as there are human heroes combating the surf and defying gravity.

I can vouch for the raw reality portrayed in this book as I am the 3rd generation surf nut in my surfing family and my son is either shaping himself a new surfboard as we speak, or out there on a wave somewhere, to keep the dream alive.

At the time of writing this book in 2017 I’m 55 years young (as surfing tends to keep you that way) and when you pass the 50 mark still on a board, you’ll know you’ve earned the right to tell your story. You will, after decades in the water, acquire an amazing ability to laugh at yourself and lighten up about what other people think (about you or anything else) and you will develop the courage to tell your story, your way.

So…you Wanna be a Surfer? Great… let’s find out!


Chris Gudenswager

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