Thrust is the biography of one of Australian surfing’s most revered figures, Simon Anderson, published to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his design breakthrough, the three-fin Thruster. Co-authored by Simon and Tim Baker, with additional stories by Phil Jarratt, Terry Fitzgerald, Derek Hynd, Andrew Kidman, Hugh McLeod, Reggae Elliss, this is the one surfing book every surfer should own.
Over 200 pages and lavishly illustrated with photos by Hugh McLeod, Bruce Channon, Frank Pithers, Jeff Divine, Peter Simons, Mick McCormack, Dan Merkel, Flame and many more, it is an historic record of a ground-shifting era in surfing. In October 1980, struggling with small waves on the fledgling pro tour, Simon Anderson stuck three fins on a surfboard and changed surfing forever. Now, for the first time, Simon tells the whole remarkable story of how a kid from Collaroy graduated to Narrabeen and then took on the surfing world. From the wild early days at Northy, to raucous road trips to Bells and Margaret River, from pioneering Hawaiian missions to his historic wins at Bells and Surfabout. Simon’s story neatly mirrors the evolution of modern surfing – from longboards to short, singles to twins to thrusters, Aussie Titles to the pro tour. Still in demand as a shaper to the world’s best surfers, Simon continues to influence the course of surfing history.