Lismore Northern Star, Australia
Surfing legend Peter Drouyn turns from board to “broad”
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
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
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.
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
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