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Key Points for Tim Baker

  • Tim Baker is Australia’s leading surfing writer, best-selling and award-winning author of 10 books with major publishers.
  • Tim Baker is the former editor of Tracks and Surfing Life magazines and two-time winner of the Surfing Australia Culture Award.
  • Tim Baker is a cancer survivor seven years after being diagnosed with stage 4, metastatic prostate cancer and author of Patting The Shark – a surfer’s journey, learning to live well with cancer.
  • Tim Baker has 20 years’ experience as a public speaker, for organisations such as Rip Curl and Kathmandu outdoors brands, Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators Conference, Tour de Cure cancer fundraiser.
  • Tim Baker is passionate advocate for a more integrative approach to cancer care, treating the whole person and not just the tumour.
  • Tim Baker is a compelling speaker on pursuing your passion, life lessons from surfing and the ocean, work/life balance, facing mortality, mindfulness and self-care.

Topics for Tim Baker

  • Life is a wave – learn to ride it
    Life lessons from surfing and the ocean. How wave riding teaches adaptability, intuition, humility in the face of a higher power and how to operate in the flow state.
  • Patting the shark – A surfer’s journey, learning to live well with cancer
    How surfing helped Tim manage a stage 4 cancer diagnosis and why cancer can be seen as a superpower.
  • Don’t just pursue your bliss, catch the slippery bugger
    How to live and work with passion, purpose, joy and meaning. Identify the skills and strategies that allow you to live and work doing what you love.
  • The power of story
    Why story telling is a fundamental human urge, as innate as breathing, how the Hero’s Journey can inform your life’s path and help you become the author of your own life story.
  • The Rip Curl story
    How two barefoot surfers around a beach fire launched a garage surfboard business that became a global powerhouse.

Testimonials for Tim Baker

After Kathmandu announced the acquisition of Rip Curl, Tim did a magnificent job bringing “The Rip Curl Story” to life at our Kathmandu management conference. He was inspiring, full of humour and very knowledgeable sharing the essence of Rip Curl and its founders. The entire management team – around 70 team members – had a great evening listening to Tim. We are even more excited about partnering up with an iconic brand like Rip Curl after Tim’s presentation.
Group CEO
Kathmandu Holdings

Asia Pacific Writers and Translators (APWT) were honoured to host Tim Baker as one of our Feature Five authors at our inaugural event staged in 2019 in Macau. Tim delivered a knockout keynote speech Saltwater Diplomacy which chronicled the cross cultural interactions (for better or worse) surfing has generated in the Asia Pacific. His speech was eloquent and inspiring and an event highlight for many of our members. Tim has the rare talent of being able distill complex ideas and research into an accessible and entertaining ride. He draws people into the narrative and takes them on a journey that feels rich with colour, anecdote and story. We now consider him part of the APWT family.
Executive Director

Tim has a genuine interest in helping young people. He engages our students through his relaxed presence. His workshops are well liked by students and staff.
Morayfield State High School

Tim has a quiet aura about him that invites people to lean in and listen. On the morning of his environmental performance work, (m)ocean, he called together a crew of incredibly talented free surfers, musicians and arts workers who stilled their internal oceans and did what Tim asked them to do for a whole afternoon: perform in the water and on the land. And they did. He has that effect on people.
Artist, Director
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