Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s post is a bit bittersweet. Another episode of Torren Martyn and Ishka Folkwell’s excellent “Lost Track: Atlantic” series dropped earlier this week, but alas, it’s the fourth and final one.
This time around Martyn and co make their West Africa, where they stumble upon some empty rights and surf their brains out.
The thing I keep thinking about, though, is a recent Derek Hynd quote where he juxtaposed episode 3 to surfing’s debut of the Olympics and “The Ultimate Surfer.” You can read an excerpt here, via Australian Surfing World Magazine. “Lost Track” captures something essential about surfing that neither of the other video properties come close to. Look, I’m genuinely moved by Fernando Aguerre’s years-long battle to bring surfing to the Olympics, and I can’t wait for my first go at Kelly’s wave pool. I can’t help but see the popularity of “Lost Track” as a victory of sorts, proof that surfing’s soul cannot be corrupted, no matter how much money is thrown at it.