Professor Ian Lowe AO is an outstanding Mudjimba-based writer, academic and environmentalist. Apart from the following, he is also Queensland’s fastest Over 60s cricket bowler and a member of the Noosa Chorale. Prof Lowe is emeritus professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University in Brisbane, as well as being an adjunct professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast University and Flinders University.
Phil is a journalist, author and publisher. A former editor of Tracks, Surfer and Australian Surf Journal, he is regarded as one of the foremost authorities on surfing and has worked in surf publishing for over 40 years. Phil has written over 20 books covering largely sport-related biography, surfing and surf history including A Cup of Tea With God; Bali: Heaven and Hell; Salts and Suit; Kelly Slater: For the Love; Hottest 100 Surf Legends; Surfing Australia: A Complete History of Surfboard Riding in Australia and That Summer at Boomerang. A three-time recipient of the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame Media Award, Phil lives between Noosa, Bali and Hawaii or wherever the surf's up! Phil is also the founder of the Noosa Festival of Surfing.
Over his long career, Colin Beard has worked in many fields of photography always at the highest level. He began photography in the mid-1960s as a founding member of Australia’s first Rock’n Roll Magazine, ‘Go-Set’ and subsequently worked in UK and USA. For many years he has been one of Australia’s most prominent Fashion and Advertising Photographers, working on many major national and international accounts for which he earned many photography awards world-wide. He freelanced extensively for numerous leading fashion magazines (‘Vogue’, ‘Dolly’, ‘Cleo’, ‘Pol’) producing numerous covers and fashion spreads.
Elaine Ouston has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing. She is managing editor at Morris Publishing Australia and owns Gondor Writers' Centre which offers many services to authors interested in preparing for submission to publishers or self-publishing. She organises literary festivals for Australian Literary Festivals and Book Fairs and travels throughout Australia delivering talks and workshops to children and adults at schools, libraries, bookstores, literary festivals and writers groups.