SEQUENCE: Hamish Humphreys
I suppose it's time to put a little line in the sand. And try to relay what this Noa Deane sequence represents. First, it's a no make. Second, it's not a tow-at. It's naturally powered. Just to get that out of the way. But here's why we like it so:
It represents us. Like it or not. It's us. It's a revolution in a no-make. It's anti-ASPification of surfing without saying anything negative. Show don't tell. Hammers. Surfing has been pushed pretty far and the reckless approach that the newest crop are showing isn't going to happen on a webcast, that shit's happening way backstage. Noa Deane. Chippa Wilson. Dane Reynolds. Creed McTaggart. Jack Freestone. Mitch Coleborn. Brendon Gibbens and others. They're willing to break legs to push this thing forward.
Jersey surfing has long been criticized for dampening creativity. But we had a pretty rad spark there for a while with Dane and Jordy and Julian and John John. But Dane quit and Jordy got married. And right now, there aren't many on tour aside from Kelly and John John willing to go try this stuff for fear of busting an ankle and losing their seed. Or breaking a magic board. Or not getting a score.
Noa Deane didn't give a shit what he got on this wave. Or what the panel thought. But we're calling it perfect.
Complete commitment. Fully tweaked out for style. And a serious attempt at stomping, regardless of the consequences. During this trip, Noa would literally kick out of a wave if it didn't offer him a game-changing, leg breaking opportunity.
Noa is currently on the road filming for a variety of projects, but one being Kai's next film (details to come!), which will be a fun time to break out your own score sheets. Judges? —Travis [...]