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Surfer’s Paradise
Code: 99  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Fashion, History, Art & Design
Friday, May 18 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 4, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Tony Edwards, Phil Jarratt, Mark Sutherland, Sean Doherty (facilitator)
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The cartoon characters Captain Goodvibes and Gonad Man were legends in Sydney’s surfing culture as was Tracks magazine. Goodvibes creator Tony Edwards, Tracks editor Phil Jarratt and Mark Sutherland, who brought us Gonad Man, recall the innocent days of fun and feel-good before surfing became a billion-dollar industry. Chaired by Sean Doherty.

Tony Edwards (Australian)

Tony Edwards is an award-winning illustrator and landscape artist, and yet will forever be remembered for a “youthful indiscretion”: he penned a cartoon surfing pig by the name of Captain Goodvibes. Appearing in the pages of Tracks surfing magazine between 1973 and 1981, Tony describes Goodvibes as “my response to that era and my own enthusiastic embrace of its worst excesses”. He has recently produced a collection of Goodvibes’ best (and worst) moments, My Life As a Pork Chop.

Phil Jarratt (Australian)

Phil Jarratt has been one of the world’s best-known surf writers for more than 30 years. A former editor of Tracks and The Australian Surfers Journal, and contributing editor to The Surfers Journal, Surfer, Surfing and Pacific Longboarder, Phil is also the author of several surfing bestsellers. His book, Salts and Suits, is an insider’s take on the $10 billion global surf industry. Phil lives in Noosa Heads, Queensland, where he dabbles in event management and surfing First Point.

Mark Sutherland (Australian)

Mark Sutherland trained as a commercial animator and produced the groundbreaking surf noir animation Dream in 1989. In 1993 he was asked to produce a comic strip for Waves magazine and Gonad Man – a philosophical big-wave riding hero in purple bondage pants – was born. In 2001 Mark moved to the North Coast with his wife and daughters to surf and paint pictures. He recently resurrected Gonad Man and continues to publish regular episodes online at

Sean Doherty (Australian)

Sean Doherty edited the larrikin Australian surf magazine, Tracks, for eight years. His first book, a biography of 1970s surfing cult hero Michael Peterson, became a national bestseller and was followed up by his book on Maroubra’s Bra Boys. Today he’s a senior writer at both Surfing World and Surfer magazines and continues to write widely for magazine, book and online projects throughout the world. He moonlights as a pro surfing broadcaster.