Albe is a legend of Australian surfing and surf media in his own right.
Co-founder of the iconic surf magazine Tracks, and creator of the seminal 1972 surf movie Morning of the Earth, Albe captured the country soul era of surfing better than anyone and has maintained a similar back-to-nature ethos ever since. Albe got his start in the surf media at the original Australian surf magazine, Surfing World, under the mentorship of the pioneering publisher Bob Evans, but Albe soon followed his creative instincts to strike out on his own to better reflect the changing times. A taste for travel and exotic cultures has driven Albe’s work ever since. He followed up the success of Morning of the Earth, with an intimate portrait of mercurial surfboard designer George Greenough and his stunning inside-the-tube footage in Crystal Voyager. Next, a six-part documentary series focused on traditional festivals in such Far Eastern countries as Sri Lanka, India, Burma, Ladakh and Tibet was sold to over eighty countries world-wide. He has also directed two long-version music videos for Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and was DOP on “Women of Spirit” a one-hour television program filmed in India, NY and London.
Morning of the Earth is still celebrated and regularly screened 50 years on.