• April 16, 2024 1:50 AM

Surfing legend Gary ‘Kong’ Elkerton

Gary grew up on a prawn trawler that travelled along the coast from New South Wales, to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

He was a huge strong kid..and slightly hirsute for his age, which got him the nickname ‘Kong’ – and the nickname has stayed with him.

Kong was twelve when he discovered surfing…. and he went on to win numerous Australian and International titles.


Interview first broadcast January 2013 -Courtesy of the ABC

Kong: The Life and Times of a Surfing Legend, written with Peter McGuinness published 2013 by ABC Books..