Mick Dooley

Avalon, 2017

I surfed Byron Bay all by myself—not a soul anywhere. I hated it, I wanted someone to talk to!

The Pittwater Online News’ interview with Mick Dooley ran in the Pittwater Online News, in November 2017. Dooley was 76 and living in Avalon. This version has been shortened and slightly edited.

 *  *  *

When and where were you born?

November 1941, in Adelaide. My parents moved to Sydney when I was only a baby. I know, for instance, when the Japanese bombed Bondi we were living there. The shells landed near our house. My mother later told me she placed me under the bed or under the table whe...