To the Four Corners of the World by Peter Troy
Published by Libby Troy 2019. ISBN 978-0-646-80368-2
"The Lost Journals of the Original Surf Explorer"
In 1963 local hero Peter Troy set off from Torquay, Australia with little more than his surfboard and his wits. In the years that followed his travels left no corner of the globe untouched and as the very first surfer in many of them, his life has become the stuff of surfing folklore.
Every step of Peter's first few years of travel were meticulously documented in letters sent home to his parents. Discovered after his death in 2008 these letters have been compiled by his widow Libby and illustrated in-depth by photographs, newspaper clippings and other various ephemera.
Documenting his journey in over 300 pages, To the Four Corners of the World is a fascinating glimpse into the early days of surf exploration and "fly on the wall" insight into the life of a true adventurer.
With forewords by Terry Wall, Mark Lund and Brendan McAloon and an Epilogue from Peter's widow Libby Troy.
ABOUT PETER TROY
Peter was born in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia in 1940. He grew up in Torquay the quintessential middle-class Australian, blond and bronzed by trips to the beach, privately educated and a natural sportsman. In his early 20s Peter looked set for a successful career as a Chartered Accountant, surfing the surly swells of Bells Beach after stints in the office. However in 1964 he boarded a ship to Europe with the vague hope of winning the European Surf Championships, which in turn would get him an invite to surf at Makaha, Hawaii. Over the subsequent years, Peter circumnavigated the globe many times over, forging tales which have earned their place in surfing's rich folklore. He is credited with introducing surfing to Brazil and even travelled much of the African coast (covering 38 countries) in the hunt for virgin surf. Later in life his entrepreneurial spirit let him to owning surf shops and real estate investments. In 2008, at the age of 69, Peter Troy died at home in Australia, survived by his wife Libby Troy who has gone on to publish and celebrate the account of his extraordinaire life.