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Sept. 20 – Neverland: Book Talk and Book Signing with Tricia Shantz and Rusty Miller

Wednesday, September 20 – Doors open at 6pm

$10 general admission, $5 current CSM members
Seating is limited. Call 760-721-6876 to buy your ticket in advance to reserve your seat.

Book Talk and Book Signing with Tricia Shantz and Rusty Miller

Tricia dedicated Neverland to Rusty Miller as the inspiration. The cover is of Roy Meisel, an American who started Bare Nature, the surf shop in Byron Bay, Australia.

The book Neverland is an homage to the pioneering American surfers who went to Byron Bay Australia in the 1960s and 1970s, met the Australian surfers and changed the town forever. Neverland documents the colorful history of these American and Australian surfers who made Byron Bay their home. Told in their own words, the book illustrates how this eclectic group of surfers shaped the Byron Bay we know today. There are 45 interviews of surfers and 173 striking images including the famous: George Greenough, Nat Young, Bob McTavish, Rusty Miller, and the not so famous: Bob Newland, Peter Green, Earl Cochran, Garth Murphy.

“It’s fascinating, and I love the first-person style. The book is brilliant.”
—Sean Doherty, Surfing World magazine November 23, 2022

Tricia Shantz, also known as “Mrs. Rusty Miller” is a Social Geographer/Researcher who works in the fields of journalism, urban and social planning and community development. Tricia lives in Byron Bay, Australia. Together with Rusty she published their first two books: Turning Point Surf Portraits and Stories from Bells to Byron 1970-1971 in 2012 and Turning Point II Surf Portraits and Stories Hawaii: Oahu-Kauai-Maui 1968-1972 in 2014, A third book of stories of people living on the streets of Byron Bay was published in 2017. Tricia dedicated Neverland to Rusty as her inspiration.

Rusty Miller is a native Southern Californian, grew up in Encinitas, was a competitive surfer in the 1960s, the 1965 United States Surfing champion, and participated in four Duke contests in Hawaii (1965-1968), started Surf Research with Garth Murphy and Mike Doyle. He moved to Hanalei Kauai, Hawaii in the late ’60s and to Byron Bay in 1970. He started the first alternative newspaper in Byron Bay, The Byron Express in 1973 and has taught surfing in Byron since the early 1970s.

Hard cover 9.5″ x 8.25″
184 pages
Neverland will be available for purchase at the book talk.

Road to the Byron Bay lighthouse 1965. Photo: Bob Weeks

Good ol’ days at Lennox Head circa 1971. Garth Murphy second from righ. Photo: Rusty Miller

Bare Nature. Unknown photographer

Collecting surfboard blanks Byron Industrial Estate. Kat Carleton collection