|About the Book|
In the sixties and seventies, Australian Peter Drouyn was one of the world’s greatest surfers. He pioneered an aggressive approach called “power surfing,” introduced the man-on-man competition format, and charged giant waves in Hawaii. A Zelig figure, he took on many roles—method actor, surf resort owner, wave stadium inventor, and modeling school founder to name but a few. About ten years ago the most unexpected change occurred: Peter became Westerly. “It was like a supernova,” remembers Westerly. “It just kicked in one night and bang, Peter was gone and Westerly was there.”Beginning with her 2012 trip to Bangkok for gender reassignment surgery, Becoming Westerly traces Peter Drouyns odyssey from pre-teen prodigy to global surf god to embittered has-been who struggles to rise again as the glamorous, phoenix-like, sixty-four-year-old Westerly.