Patagonia: Dave and Uncle Buddha
A chance meeting twenty-five years ago brought together two of surfing’s most influential figures.
Dave Rastovich was just a kid when he and his dad drove down the coast, searching for a bit of land and a bit of country living. Instead, they stumbled on the Godfather of Country Soul. Revered filmmaker, Albe Falzon showed up one afternoon and took Dave surfing, the pair hitting it off straight away. Even though Dave was only in his teens, they already shared a very Zen view of surfing, seeing it more as a flow of energy than an exercise in hardcore shredding. In the years since, while they’ve become figureheads for respective generations of surfers, they’ve also remained close friends.