A longish form tour diary with the rookie of the year elect!
Here is an almost-excellent short film, and it is a film, given its startling sixteen-minute length, to run through your home projector.
Called “There’s a Party in my Mind“, it follows and examines Griffin’s first three events in his rookie year: Snapper, Bells and Margaret River.
The film begins with a nineties-style dance to camera by Griff. It’s as if the filmer Jacob Vanderwork, a movie buff, has inhaled the work of Spike Jonze, with Griffin as his Torrance Community Dance Group principal dancer. It enslaves me immediately.
We see Griff, who will be twenty years old on July 29, watching Joel Parkinson, his favourite surfer, at Snapper. Later, we note the similarity of their top turn.
We see his three-tube ten-pointer at Kirra and then watch as Griffin and his faith-healer coach Jake Paterson, startle birds with their outcries upon watching the replay.
At Bells he plays a lovely game with his daddy Mitch and demonstrates, in the water, why his surfing saucers our eyes.
The movie loses a little something with the clunky scripted outro, a free surf with Joel and Taj. “I ended up losing second round but it didn’t affect me too much because I got to surf with Taj Burrow and Joel Parkinson and have one of the funnest… etc.”
But, whew, he can surf.