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.

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Prowlers: somewhere in Ireland

"Prowlers" is one of the finest secret spots in the world. A few months ago, a restricted group of intrepid and experienced big wave surfers have tested its power, in perfect wind and swell conditions.

The surf world only knew it is located off the west coast of Ireland, two kilometres far from the Cliffs of Moher. Back then, the wave was surfed by Richie Fitzgerald, Al Mennie, Andrew Cotton, Paul O'Kane, Barry Mottershead and Jeremy Johnson.

The tow-in session was led by Richie Fitzgerald. Today, the same man tells us a little bit more about the "Prowlers" wave, where the rides could reach 50 feet. In this exclusive interview to Northcore Boardriders, Fitzgerald explains how and when the wave was discovered, how it breaks, who named it and the future of tow-in surfing in Ireland.

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Josh Constable: the nose rider

Josh Constable has taken the Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour title at Sandy Bay, Whangarei, New Zealand. The Australian longboarder won the first event of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Australasia Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS).

The final day of the Sandy Bay event took place in clean 0.5m - 1.0m waves with light winds and crisp conditions. After the previous two days of competition, day three delivered the best waves of the event and the large crowd witnessed a true spectacle of quality surfing.

The Open Men's Final was run in the best waves of the entire event. Clean 1.0m waves broke on two clearly defined Sandy Bay peaks and the world class surfers thrived in the fun conditions. Josh Constable scored a perfect 10.0 point ride with seven minutes to go and followed it up with an 8.6 point ride to take the lead with two minutes to go, a lead he never let go.

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