Surfer comes to town with new book

ENCINITAS — Rusty Miller, surfing legend who grew up in Encinitas and was the United States Surfing Champion in 1965, will be talking about and signing books from 3 to 5 p.m. May 18 at Hansen’s Surf, 1105 S. Coast Highway 101. “Turning Point” is Miller’s first book.“Turning Point” is a collection of photographs taken by Rusty of some of surfing’s most iconic characters, capturing an era in surfing’s history. Miller moved to Australia in 1970. Half of the images were taken at the 1970 World Surfing Championships at Bells Beach, Australia and the other half a year later at Byron Bay/Lennox Head, Australia. From Bells to Byron, he tells the stories of each portrait as do the people captured in the photos. Miller, not known as a surfing photographer, has taken images that are evocative portraits of the people at that time. In addition to the visuals, “Turning Point” is a collection of surf history. In Encinitas, Miller is remembered as having been one of Hansen’s first sponsored surfers in the 1960’s, along with Mike Doyle and Linda Benson. As Dave Rastovich says of Miller’s book, “Surfing culture’s sense of community and cool are at the centre of Rusty’s photographs from this turning point in surfing’s time line.”

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