Tim Baker

Tim Baker


Speaker type

  • Author
  • Non-fiction
  • Motivational


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Tim provides a unique voice and the opportunity to use surfing as a portal through which to get kids interested in history and notions like national identity, our relationship with the coast and the beach, and the changes in social attitudes over time. 

Tim Baker has authored multiple best-selling books, including "Bustin' Down The Door," (Harper Collins, 1996), "High Surf" (Harper Collins, 2007) and "Occy" (Random House, 2008).


His latest book is "Century of Surf" (Random House, 2013) a history of Australian surfing to mark the centenary of the great Hawaiian surfer and Olympic gold medal swimmer Duke Kahanamoku's historic visit to Australia in 1914.


Tim is a former editor of Tracks and Surfing Life magazines, and former editorial director of Morrison Media.He has won the Surfing Australia Hall of Fame Culture Award three times and was nominated for the CUB Australian Sports Writing Awards.


His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review, Inside Sport, Playboy, GQ, the Surfers Journal, Qantas - the Australian Way, as well as surf magazines around the world.He is currently editor of Slow magazine - a quarterly lifestyle publication dedicated to celebrating the Slow ethos.



He has appeared at the Sydney and Byron Bay Writers Festivals, and conducted writing workshops for adults and school children at the Hunter and Northern Rivers Writers Centres and schools across Australia.


In 2011, Tim and his family drove 27,000 km around Australia over eight months, resulting in the acclaimed road trip book, "Surfari," (Random House, 2012).


He wrote the children's play "The Surfer and the Mermaid" for the Gold Coast arts festival, Bleach 2012, and conceived and presented the coastal walk and exhibition, "The Longest Wave," for Bleach 2013. He has been a keynote speaker for the Australian Primary School Principals' Association and the Edge Leadership Conference at the Southport School.


A stalwart of surf media for 25 years, Tim has surfed and travelled throughout Australia, Indonesia, Hawaii, Central and South America, North America, Europe, South Africa, Fiji, Tahiti, and Sri Lanka.


He lives in Currumbin with his wife and two children.


Tim has recently been commissioned to produce a series of short surf history documentaries which you can view here --








Tim Baker