You Won't Want to Miss: Attractive Distraction Video Premiere
A new video featuring John John Florence, Matt Meola, Chippa Wilson and more. Read the Surfer Mag interview with the director and local premiere dates here!
A lot of that has to do with the fact that when I surf with Matt or Kai, those guys are goofyfoots, so they have such a different approach to the waves we’re surfing. John is one of the few regular-footers I surf with, and he happens to be one of the best in the world, so he’s a good guy to be competitive with. Even though it’s usually an epic fail on my part.
Where did you score the best waves?
Hippo, Dan, and I did a last minute strike mission to some unnamed desert in Australia for a few days and definitely got the best waves there.
When you say best waves, what’s the criteria? Are we talking best for airs or best for barrels?
To me, it’s always barrels. Even though air sessions are super fun, there’s no way I’d ever claim that we got great waves surfing in sideshore air-wind. So on that trip, we probably got some of the best barrels in the movie.
Speaking of movies, I heard that you did some stunts for Point Break 2. What was that like?
It’s kind of a weird concept to me when Hollywood meets surfing. I’m not a big fan most of the time. But the whole crew for the Point Break thing was really cool, and we basically ended up getting paid to get barreled at Teahupoo, so we really can’t complain . The waves were actually so good the whole time we were there. It was insane.
I saw that you and Billy Kemper had a few party waves out there.
Part of the stunt was to have two surfers pulling into a barrel together. I was the guy in the back, and think I was doubling for Johnny Utah. The funny thing was that I was supposed to fall in that scene, but they couldn’t tell me to fall. Maybe it’s a liability thing, but they kept hinting at it, like “So you’re going to be the surfer in the back, and in the script he doesn’t make it…” It was definitely implied that I was supposed to eat shit. It was actually pretty fun. It made it really challenging.
So in 10 years, which do you think will stand the test of time better? Attractive Distractions or Point Break 2?
I’m sure it will be easier to find a copy of Point Break 2 . But I don’t know, I’m stoked with how our project came out. I hope people watch it for years to come, because that’s kind of the overall goal with making a movie rather than a bunch of web edits that are forgotten in a week. We really wanted to make something that lasts, that kids can watch over and over and get psyched to surf.
(Interview from Surfer Magazine) Attractive Distractions will be on iTunes November 1. In the meantime, stop by the local premieres below.
10/8 - Wavehouse @ Belmont Park
10/9 - La Paloma Theater in Encinitas