Alby Falzon: pictures with soul

Alby Falzon, the iconic photographer and filmmaker, has been elevated into the sport’s Hall of Fame at the Australian Surfing Awards. The Australian legend directed several remarkable surf movies.

The "Crystal Voyage" and "Morning of the Earth" are some of his great masterpieces. Growing up in the beachside suburb Maroubra in Sydney, Falzon did not begin surfing until age 14, when the family moved to the New South Wales Central Coast.

Co-founder of the original Aussie counter-culture surf bible, "Tracks", Falzon lives up to his reputation as the spiritual father of the alternative surf lifestyle. Falzon still lives on an eco-friendly farm he bought in the early 1970s near the NSW mid-north coast, where he cares for and feeds injured wildlife, before loading up his boards and driving to the beach for a surf.

And it seems that the "Morning of the Earth" lifestyle he so expertly captured in the early 1970s, is still very much a part of the man today. "Keep surfing, have a good time and have fun. Bless all of you and thank you so much for this", said Alby at the Arts Centre, on the Gold Coast.

The Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame Inductee were first convened in 1985 by the Australian Surfriders Association (now Surfing Australia) to preserve the history of Australian Surfing and honour its great achievers.