Two Illawarra stars of the ocean are among the who's who of surfing, nominated in this year's Australian Surfing Awards to be announced on Tuesday.
Gerroa surf star Sally Fitzgibbons is up for best female surfer.
Former world masters surfing champion Terry "Richo" Richardson is nominated for the Peter Troy Lifestyle award for his commitment to the industry while his memoir Richo: The Terry Richardson Story (co-written by Rob Reynolds) is up for Surf Culture Award.
"This is an amazing recognition of a lifetime devoted to surfing by one of the Illawarra's greatest sportsmen," Reynolds said.
"After a stellar 13-year career on the world circuit from its inception in 1976, Richo stunned his peers by winning the inaugural World Masters title at Cloudbreak in 1997."
Richardson and Reynolds both said their book was more than a story of one man, but the "birth and adolescents of surfing" in the 1970s.
From shaping boards to winning world titles then writing down his life's journey, Richardson said all his efforts have been about "putting Wollongong on the map".
Other highlights of the awards to be held on the Gold Coast on April 2 will be the induction of the latest member of the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame. Kelly Slater will be handing Mark Richards a lifetime achievement award.