Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Lester Led Colourful Life; Surfer and Lawyer Had Also Been Yamba Prawn Farmer

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Lester Led Colourful Life; Surfer and Lawyer Had Also Been Yamba Prawn Farmer

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Byline: Clair Morton and Rodney Stevens

THE North Coast has lost one of its identities, 'surfing lawyer' Lester Brien who died on the weekend aged 71.

It is believed he spent some time in the Lower Clarence farming prawns, but Fandago owner Grant Dwyer remembers him best as a competitor.

"He was a Manly kid and I was from Bondi; he was in a surf club that used to go against us," he laughed.

"He was such a well-known character and a wonderful guy, but young people wouldn't know of him at all. In the early days you pretty much knew the good surfers at every beach."

Part of the influx of great surfers who moved to Byron Bay in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Mr Brien was a finalist in the Australian surfing titles in 1968, according to the Century of Surf (COS) Facebook page.

Shortly after moving to Byron Bay, Mr Brien became the lawyer of choice for pot-smoking surfers caught by police. …

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