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Higher and Brighter with Alby Falzon

Alby Falzon, 1972
Michael Peterson, in Morning of the Earth
Alby Falzon. Photo: Jeff Divine
Terry Fitzgerald. Photo: Falzon

If soul surfing was hard to define, people knew it when they saw it, and with Alby Falzon's 1972 film Morning of the Earth, the concept was given a dazzling big-screen treatment. Falzon, originally from Sydney, had worked as a photographer and cameraman for Surfing World publisher Bob Evans, and then went on to cofound Tracks magazine in 1970. He later said he was inspired to make Morning of the Earth after a impromptu conversation with a pair of nuns in downtown Sydney. One of the nuns asked...

Morning of the Earth did for surfing naturalism what Endless Summer did for surf travel and adventure, and  Miki Dora did for surf rebellion. It gave surfers a bigger, grander, more colorful version of their own lives.