Kelly did one, why can't I?
STAB‘s most entertaining writer Brenden Buckley recently penned a piece “The Death of the Superman” in which he investigated the architects and assassins of surfing’s most notorious maneuver.
Read some of it here!
None of the air show crew had full-time filmers. What you’d see is what you’d see. So, you’d go to an airshow and see people trying everything they could in three-foot ramps. The waves were perfect for such an event, but there’s only so much a man can do on a wave like that. Anyway, somewhere in the progressive haze of the airshow generation, the Superman was first stuck.
According to Troy Brooks, Timmy Curran was the first person to do it. But according to me, Brooko is the king of them. Nobody’s men were as super as his. I asked him how they were born.
“I think in any sport, everybody wants to be the first person to do something. And back then, it was all about grabs.”
Buckley went on to ask Albee Layer, esteemed big-waver and aerial aficionado, why the Superman is now considered lame.
“Honestly, the only reason they went away is because people started doing small ones. I think Jordy killed the Superman for all of us [laughs],” Layer told him.
So this is somewhat interesting but why, you might be wondering, did I just copy/paste another man’s article on our site? Aside from the fact that I tend to mirror writing techniques from Chas and Derek, this article spawned an amusing interaction between my girlfriend and me.
“Are supermans like.. the hardest air someone can do on a surfboard?” she asked.
“Hahaha no, they’re like… pretty easy.”
“Have you ever done one?”
“Nah, I’ve never really tried.”
“Yeah because they’re hard.”
“No… because I just never wanted to. They’re not that hard.”
“Then do one.”
And so a bet was born. I have one month to complete a superman or else cook a week’s worth of dinners like some sort of domesticated woman. If I win she surfs five times next month (her Cost Rican blood can’t handle the middling chill of SoCal’s brine).
I’m gonna feel it out over the first week, try to get the grab and extension part down, but if I’m really struggling I may hit up Mr. Buckley for some advice. It’ll be like Hurley Surf Club for dickhead writers! But seriously, Buckley knows what he’s talking about when it comes to punts.
I once saw Buck, in the dying minutes of heat, pull a superman so small that the judges had to use the only available replay system (a local guy shot it on a digital camera) to confirm that his board did actually exit the water at some point.
Embarrassed by the mediocre completion, Buckley told the judges, “Just give it to Ian. That was so gay.” Such a thing was acceptable to say in New Jersey 2007. Probably even New Jersey 2017.
Pictures confirmed B’s fins (at least two of them) had left the water for a fraction of a second. He was granted a four-point ride and the unwanted heat win.
A fun anecdote, but now back to me!
If all goes well, kids around the country, the world, will be inspired by my efforts in the field of progression (regression?). Supermans (supermen?) will be reborn and I alone will be to thank (blame?).
I’ll keep you updated.