John John’s Aussie Outtakes, Torren Martyn Tears Up Morocco & More

Greetings, Shredderz! Here’s a recent selection of surf clips I’ve enjoyed; some more recent than others. Keep scrolling for more.

John John is one of the few superstars left in surfing, but the two world titles and 1.4 million Instagram followers belie a low key approach. While other pro surfers are looking more and more like influencers these days, Florence goes with the whole quality over quantity deal. We still haven’t seen a full-length follow up to “A View from a Blue Moon”, and his Instagram can go quiet for a weeks at a time. But for shameless John John stans like yours truly, his YouTube channel drops just enough morsels to stave off full blown withdrawal. The latest offering isn’t mind blowing, per se, but it’s definitely worth your time. And even if the surfing isn’t a full on froth fest, Florence is one of the few surfers who can imbue his edits with a real sense of time and place.

By now you should know the drill. This is Episode 3 of Torren Martyn and Ishka Folkwell’s excellent “Lost Track” series, and it’s great. Cue the tired jokes about hipsters and mid-length twin fins, but I dare you to watch this and not get inspired.

I re-watched this clip recently and I can’t stop thinking about it. This is an excerpt from …Lost Surfboards 5’5″ x 19 1/4 Redux featuring Chris Ward surfing a Mark Richards single fin. The video quality isn’t great and there isn’t much in the way of production values, but there’s something so raw and awesome about this segment. I’m definitely not the first person to think Chris Ward is a great surfer, but my God, is it possible that even now he’s still underrated? I love his aggressive, no fucks given whatsoever style. The wave looks super shallow and sketchy and Wardo is surfing a board that he’s clearly not familiar with, but none of that stops him from attacking these waves with an almost terrifying level of abandon. I love the backside tube riding in the clip. It’s wild to see Wardo read the wave and make minute adjustments on equipment that I have to think is nowhere as nimble as his usual high performance thrusters.

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