The story of one kid’s surf journey.
A memoir of Stephen Cooney’s early years at the epicenter of Australian surf culture. Driven by his passion for surfing, Stephen was just 14-years-old when he left school to follow his dreams. He was the archetypal underground surfer of the early 70s. His fast, fluid and stylish free surfing around his northern beaches home soon attracted media attention, but his horizons expanded rapidly, first to the north coast points and ultimately to Bali. In 1971, after joining Albe Falzon for the making of the seminal surf film Morning of the Earth, and having just turned 15 years of age, he became the first person known to venture out and surf the unknown waters at Uluwatu. The success of MOTE revealed to the Australian surfing world the treasures that lay to our north. Stephen later joined Albe to work at the infamous Tracks magazine, and shares some rarely seen photographs from those times.Unearthed helps celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of MOTE.