International surfer Tom Curren will be playing at the Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
International surfer Tom Curren will be playing at the Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Tom Curren makes a break

TOM Curren is trying to catch more than a surf break while he's in Byron Bay.

The three-time surfing world champion is in town for a week while filming Spirit Of Akasha, the remake of the classic surf flick Morning Of The Earth.

Curren is working with filmmaker Andrew Kidman and fellow surfers Mick Fanning, men's world champion Joel Parkinson and women's world champion Stephanie Gilmore on the film to celebrate 40 years of the original.

It isn't all about film though; the project includes a soundtrack and with Kidman having lined up a gig with his band, The Windy Hills, he offered the notori- ously shy Curren a spot on stage. Now Curren sits at the top of the bill with The Windy Hills and Jack River in support.

Curren's musical talent is no secret among surfing's elite, but it has taken time for the surfing great to get used to the limelight on stage.

Curren is set to release his debut album, In Plain View in April, but has been playing shows around the world for several years.

Although he listens to all sorts of music, including pop, R'n'B, rock, soul, old and new ("I know that's an easy an-swer, but it's true"), his sets include more country, folk and electric.

His slot at The Northern at Byron Bay tomorrow night will be the only one while he's in Australia.

Catch Tom Curren tomorrow night (Friday) at The Northern, Byron Bay, 9pm. Tickets $17.50, thenorthern.com.au.



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