Bob Evans Means Business

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.

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 ...

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