Tim Baker is the best-selling author of numerous books on surfing, including “Bustin’ Down The Door,” (Harper Collins, 1996), “High Surf” (Harper Collins, 2007) and “Occy” (Random House, 2008).
“Occy” was a national bestseller and chosen by the Australia Council as one of “50 Books You can’t Put Down” in 2008. It is currently in development by MacGowan Films, with funding from Screen Australia.
“Surfari” tells the story of his family surfing road trip around Australia with his wife and two children in 2011. “Century of Surf,” a history of Australian surfing, was published by Random House in 2013 with funding from Arts Queensland and the Regional Arts Development Fund.
Tim adapted his children’s book “The Surfer and the Mermaid” to theatre for the Bleach Festival and enjoyed sold out seasons on the Gold Coast and in Sydney at the Bondi Pavilion. He wrote and presented the guided coastal walk, “The Longest Wave,” as part of the 2013 Bleach Festival.
Tim received an Uber-Mentorship with Melbourne artist David Pledger from the Gold Coast Arts and Culture unit for his event (m)Ocean, which presented surfing as a performing art set to live music as part of the 2015 Bleach Festival.
Tim is a former editor of Tracks and Surfing Life magazines, and former editorial director of Morrison Media Services. He has won the Surfing Australia Hall of Fame Culture Award three times and been nominated for the CUB Australian Sports Writing Awards.
His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review, the Bulletin, Inside Sport, GQ, as well as surfing magazines around the world. He is currently the editor of quarterly lifestyle journal, Slow Living, and writing a series of short, action sports/youth culture documentaries for Red Bull TV.