Morning of the Mo is now in its 14th year and raises money and awareness for men’s mental health with all funds raised going to the Movember Foundation.
It was established in 2006 by Ballina’s Nat Johnson and his work colleague Travis Garone and is based on the iconic surf film ‘Morning of the Earth’.
‘Why don’t we do a Morning of the Mo themed contest? We wanted to be super respectful to all the Morning of the Earth guys, so we got in contact with Alby Falzon (film director) and ran past what we wanted to do, and he gave the event his blessing. We wanted to pay homage to those guys and bring it to the modern world,’ Johnsen said.
The criteria to win the Morning Of The Mo sees competitors battling it out under the guise of an alter ego in one part surf contest, one part dance off.
‘We break it into two categories, there’s the surfing event and then there’s the night event, which is the dance off. To win the overall event you have to come in character at 7am and hold that character right through by surfing in costume, and head to the after party at the Byron Brewery and dance off.”
The top four in the surfing category were James Wood, Marcus Aboody, Tom Steele and Trent Carn. The overall style master award went to Nathan Meredith who came as ‘Randy Savage’ and won the amazing single fin surfboard shaped by Gunther Rohn.