Coach, shaper and wizard test surfboards prior to Snapper…
“The more sassy John is, the faster he’s going to surf,” says John John Florence’s coach, Ross Williams, in this compelling six-minute short, which examines his surfboard testing prior to Snapper.
Jon Pyzel, you know, has been making boards for John John Florence, who is twenty six and six-foot two, since the kid was five; since his mama Alex brought the boys to see him at his old bay at Sunset Beach and gave him two-hundred dollars for materials to build John a board. The yellow four-six with halo of orange rails is “hideous to look at” but now exists as a memorial to a boy destined for greatness.
Pyzel, Williams and Florence present as a comedy trio who’ve forgotten to take their medicine, the gags flying like electric sparks.
I enjoyed this exchange. The camera closes in on John evening up the heel dents in his surfboard.
“Stop! Stop! Stop,” commands Pyzel, “Stop, no no stop, you’ve gone too far!”
“No, I haven’t,” says John.
Pyzel, who looks like someone who replaces the bedspreads in the rooms every year, sighs heavily.
“Stop! Stop! Stop it! You’ve gone too far already!”
Pyzel drags John away by the arm.
The film continues in this vein.
Highly, highly recommended.