Coolum singer-songwriter Pico holds a copy of this month's Surfing World magazine featuring a CD of his music on the cover. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1399a
Coolum singer-songwriter Pico holds a copy of this month's Surfing World magazine featuring a CD of his music on the cover. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1399a

King of surf soundtracks takes cover

It is one thing to appear in a national magazine, but who has a CD of their songs attached to the front of Australia’s oldest surfing magazine?

Australia’s original surf music legend, Coolum’s own Pico, that’s who.

Pico, described by Surfing World as “the king of surf stomp and sunshine beats” has spent the past 10 years becoming an overnight success.

In the late 1990s, Pico’s original songs became the sound for a groundbreaking initiative by Ripcurl – a series of surf videos based on the concept of “the search”.

The reaction to the music was instant and Pico was asked to compose and record the entire “Search” series which included Searching for Tom Curran, Tripping the Planet and many more.

But just as Pico was fast becoming a cult music figure he lost his voice and required surgery and extended recuperation.

He could only sit and listen as artists like Jack Johnson enjoyed the fruits of his labour.

But Pico, with more than 25 surf movie soundtracks to his credit, is back with a new album, Morning Son, featuring Martin Rotsey and Rob Hirst from Midnight Oil, Tim Gaze from Tamam Shud and Lee Moloney from Diesel’s band.

Surfing World editor Vaughan Blakey said Pico was the true voice of surfing soundtracks.

“We have all grown up listening to his music on our favourite surf movies,” he said.

“We are stoked to have him on our cover.”

You can catch Pico at the Noosa Festival of Surfing’s Good Vibes Surf Expo in the Lions Park from 5pm on Saturday.


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