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Bob Evans Means Business

(L to R) Bob Evans, Midget Farrelly, Nat Young
Dave Jackman, Queenscliff Bombora, 1961. Photo: Peter Rae
Mick Dooley. Photo: John Witzig
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Bob Evans, Crescent Head, 1964. Photo: Peter Rae

There were moments during the boom when it appeared as if Australian surfing in its entirety was hitched to the shoulders of Bob Evans, a rangy middle-aged black-haired impresario from Queenscliff, Sydney. He was smart and well-dressed, knew his way around a wine list, and could order with aplomb off a French menu. In 1963, he was married with three children—and a well-practiced womanizer despite the fact that bowel surgery as a young adult left him wearing a colostomy bag for the rest of his...

Surfer promotor Bob Evans was smart and well-dressed, could order with aplomb off a French menu, and was a well-practiced womanizer—despite the fact that bowel surgery as a young adult left him wearing a colostomy bag for the rest of his life.