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[News/People] [Australia] Surfing legend Peter Drouy n turns from board to “broad”

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    Lismore Northern Star, Australia Surfing legend Peter Drouyn turns from board to “broad” Albert Elzinga 24th Nov 2012 6:00 AM [Photo: Westerly Windina] THE
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      Lismore Northern Star, Australia


      Surfing legend Peter Drouyn turns from board to “broad”

      Albert Elzinga

      24th Nov 2012 6:00 AM


      [Photo: Westerly Windina]

      THE story of Gold Coast surfing legend Peter Drouyn who announced he
      planned to undergo a sex change in Thailand in 2009, has hit the
      limelight again.

      American film production company Westward Productions recently
      announced it planned to make a documentary about Peter and his
      alter-ego, Westerly Windina and film the operation Peter was about to
      undergo to become a "full woman."

      My Daily News surfing columnist, surfing legend and Peter's childhood
      friend, Andy Mackinnon, said he was really upset about the news and
      felt that Peter was selling himself short.

      "Everyone who really knows Peter is really concerned," he said.

      "It all goes back to around the year 2000 when Peter thought he might
      want to change his gender.

      "At first he just dressed up as a woman, then slowly changed his
      character and became Westerly.

      "He grew up a macho guy and was a real ladies man, but now is the
      complete opposite."

      Although Mr Drouyn planned the sex change operation for years, he
      never actually made it to Thailand due to financial problems.

      The planned documentary may finally fulfil Mr Drouyn's longstanding wish.

      But those close to him are uncertain this is the best thing for him.

      [Video <http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/962524884/westerly-a-man-a-woman-an-enigma>
      ]

      A short video which tells Mr Drouyn's story in a nutshell and is
      accompanied by comments from a number of surfing legends such as Wayne
      'rabbit' Bartholomew has been released online by Westward Productions.

      The production company asks people to donate money if they want the
      documentary and the operation, to go ahead.

      Mr Mackinnon said he didn't like the way the production company
      treated his friend and criticised the campaign to raise money.

      Mr Drouyn was put in a difficult position and could be pushed into
      making a decision he didn't really intend to make, according to Mr
      Mackinnon.


      © Northern Star Ltd 2012

      http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/surfing-legend-turns-from-board-to-broad/1633977/
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