Writer Phil Jarratt chronicles 40 years of surfing in new book 'Life of Brine'

Phil Jarratt surfing Cloudbreak. Picture: Fairfax File
Phil Jarratt surfing Cloudbreak. Picture: Fairfax File

Surf legend Phil Jarratt has turned inward for his latest book and will launch it at Sandon Point Surf Life Saving Club next Tuesday.

Over the decades the world renowned surf writer has churned out more than 30 books but his latest, Life of Brine – a Surfer’s Journey, chronicles his lifelong pursuit of the perfect wave.

Jarratt’s passion has often placed him in the midst of some of the most exciting moments in surfing’s modern history.

His memoir details nostalgia from the ‘60s to now through the heady days of drugs, alcohol and excess in Bali and Biarritz and other exotic locations in between.

Jarratt’s collection of stories start with the innocence of learning to surf in Wollongong through to encounters with greats like Kelly Slater, Shane Dorian, Gerry Lopez and Rory Russell.

A three-time recipient of the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame Media Award, Jarrett currently lives between Noosa, Bali and Hawaii or wherever the surf’s up.

Swellnet editor Stu Nettle will be in attendance at the book launch along with other prominent surf identities from the South Coast.

Life of Brine – a Surfer’s Journey is in bookstores and online now.

Everyone is welcome to the launch, Tuesday August 15 from 6pm, free admission.