Our most exciting three-way yet…
A caveat on today’s podcast; it starts…slow.
It might confuse the listener when the appearance of the members of this audio-only three-way are discussed: Chas’ naked tits, 2001 world champ asterix Clifton Hobgood’s tonsils and so on.
But it gets better.
Clifton Jnr was the subject, along with his baby twin Damien, of the recent documentary And Two If By Sea. It was this film that resuscitated my interest in a man I first met a dozen-and-a-bit years ago at a homestay in Teahupoo called Papa Teva.
I was struck, then, by the depth of his character and good humour despite my relentless barrage of theologically immature attacks.
“This journey into character and emotional transparency does mark a shift in surf film-making,” wrote Longtom in a review of And Two If By Sea, here, adding, “I like this new wave of revealing, authentic type of film, much, much more.”
Clifton is in classic form in this conversation, I think, talking about the meth dealer who lives three doors down from him in Orlando, the infidelity that stomped his first marriage and why he refuses to hide behind a public mask.
“The only way I can understand being free is to totally expose everything about me,” he says. “I want to be free in this world. That’s what fights off the depression, feeling super lonely, feeling what every human feels. I gotta face the unknown.”
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