Happy days for surfing's Jan Brady!
FADE IN: We open with a sad boy in his early twenties scrolling through messages from surf pals.
“Nobody wants to surf with me,” he mumbles, choking off the words.
This is Nathan Florence, tall, sinewy but fleshy. He is the middle brother between two-time world champ John John and little Ivan whose rosebud lips and sleepy eyes mean he’ll never have to be anything but cute.
In this short, which forms part of Nathan’s learn-to-do-airs series, we follow Nathan’s continuing efforts to add aerials to his repertoire.
Some years before, Nathan had told me, sadly,
“I’ve landed three air reverses in my whole life.”
I had asked if this failure was a lack of desire or a mechanical issue?
“First, I never thought of them,” he said. “I didn’t care about ’em and then the way people started doing airs, like John, Matt and Albee, those things are actually nuts and then I started trying to do airs. And I just realised that I was a complete failure at them. The mechanics are foreign to me. I can get myself in the air but no matter what, when I land on my board, I’m eating shit.”
In this episode, Nathan slides off his robe and after much yelling and grabbing of edges he is sanctified.
“It felt real nice,” he says, face scrunching up with happiness, his long blond eyelashes fluttering.