Seven-and-a-half minutes in is the single greatest act of kindness ever seen in pro surfing!
In this fifteen-minute cut from the Colapinto brothers, we see rookie Griff as he unnerves his much older competitors at Jeffreys Bay with earth-rattling power and a style that emphasises his expressive potential.
Watch Griffin in his red wetsuit as contest footage is married to a swinging jazz track. He actually seems to be having…fun.
I think my favourite moment in the film happens when Griffin comes running out of the water mid-heat to go back up the point and the hardboiled photographer Jimmy Wilson begs to carry his board for him.
Griffin looks momentarily confused, these pro crafts weight only a few pounds afterall and he’ll have to stop and hand the board over losing a couple of seconds anyway, but being terribly polite he consents.
It’s a mesmerising moment.
Of course, not all pro surfers are so kind.