He will become a pirate alongside Greyson Thunder Fletcher.
I will say, without fear of contradiction, that The Surfer’s Journal is the most radical publication, maybe even thing, in our surf world. Its existence is based almost entirely on sales. It is thick, meandering, very tactile. As far as I can tell the staff gives no care to social media or the Internet as a whole. Radical!
And the soon to be released issue, 23.5, might be the grandest, most radical yet. It is entirely dedicated to the Hoffman-Fletchers. Anyone who has spent time in their sphere knows they are mercurial, at best. Their reach across our landscape, though, is undeniable, from Walter to Joyce to Marty to Herbie to Dibi to Christian to Nathan, and the Journal does a fantastic job capturing the angles (Lewis Samuels writes a gorgeous piece on Herb). But my fav slice (and Fletcher) is Christian’s son Greyson Thunder. Such a sweet, young man rolled into the packaging of a lumberjack! And he is interviewed by the savant of our time, up and coming surf journalist, John John Florence.
It is a brilliant conversation, worth buying the issue for, but the end, which I share here, is particularly wonderful:
John John: Do you want to be surfing and skating in ten years?
Greyson: Of course.
John Johh: Do you want to be doing it competitively?
Greyson: For fun. Yes.
John John: I want to retire in ten years.
Greyson: You’re going to retire in ten years?
John John: Yeah. We should retire at the same time and go on sick boat trips and stuff.
Greyson: It’s possible.
Possible and fantastic! I, firstly, love that John John will disappear in ten years, leaving King Kelly to sit alone like a Gollum with all his preciouses (that he will have to re-engrave WSL). I love, secondly, the image of these two going berserk on the high seas. They will be pirates and no port will be safe, no fair maiden secure. Surfers/skaters should have turned to piracy years ago. Damn Somalis beat us all to the punch, but I’m just glad that in ten years time we will field the best team ever. A freshly retired Capt. John John and his trusty first mate Greyson. And we have The Surfer’s Journal to thank. Reader supported piracy! Yo-ho!