Notorious Sydney surfing gang tell all in new book

Wed Sep 2, 2009 5:20am EDT
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By Pauline Askin

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - They grew up poor in the shadows of a maximum security prison and a pristine South Pacific beach -- perhaps it's no surprising the Abberton brothers became professional surf champions as well as founding members of a violent gang.

Sunny, Jai and Koby, the so-called "Bra Boys" who were named after their Sydney beach suburb Maroubra, made a documentary about their lives in 2007, which was narrated by Russell Crowe.

The film broke box office records, drawing audiences with its gritty expose of the drugs and despair that shape the lives of these urban surfers.

The brothers released in Australia last month the biographical book "My Brothers Keeper: the official Bra Boys story," which eldest brother Sunny Abberton said aims to give youths from bad homes and neighborhoods hope.

Abberton recently spoke to Reuters.

Q: What prompted you to tell your story?

A: "We had a very positive response to the movie, it really was successful. We received so many supportive letters and emails. The book especially will give a lot of kids and people who grew up in our circumstances a good inspiration."

Q: You grew up in a disadvantaged background, did this make it more difficult for you to become a successful professional surfer and movie maker?   Continued...