Sometimes A Blown Eardrum Is The Best Medicine - Stab Mag

Watch 'Wildcard: The Moana Jones-Wong Story'

1048 Views
"We just wrapped up a week of premieres in Maryland and New Jersey and damn did everyone come to party! If I can... get everyone under one roof to watch some surfing, and hopefully psych out some kids, I’m a happy man." Photo: Stab

Sometimes A Blown Eardrum Is The Best Medicine

Simon Hetrick’s 10-minute ode to barrels, punk rock, and sideburns.

elsewhere // Nov 23, 2022
Words by Christian Bowcutt
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Why do some things have to be taken away to be loved fully again? 

Injuries are a part of what we do and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Time out of the water… lit a fire under my ass to come back & surf,” says East Coast surfer Simon Hetrick.

Last year, Simon ruptured his eardrum. This is normally a quick patch-up. But as someone whose ears have endured a lifetime of the Atlantic’s frigid temps and signature strong winds, Hetrick’s “surfer’s ear” complicated the surgery. This led to months of vertigo and a difficult recovery. 

As someone who has done his share of time out of the water, I know how a surf sabbatical can turn into a sort of existential crisis. Your identity — which has long been anchored to your surf addiction — panics. 

Simon and McQuangus on the REVAMPED tour — yes, Simon has suffered another surf-omitting injury.

But Simon avoided the landlocked rebranding debacle. He was able to focus on music with his band, Crusader, and play a number of shows. He also planned trips to Portugal, Hawaii, and all over the East Coast in preparation for his return to the water. 

“Revamp”, Hetrick’s latest edit, compiles the best of these trips. We often wonder how East Coast guys get so good at barrel-riding. Think Cory Lopez, the Hobgoods, and of course, Kelly. This edit answers part of the equation — the East Coast has barrels. Heavy, imperfect ones. Arguably heavier and more imperfect than the West Coast’s predictable palate. It’s not bad preparation, however inconsistent it might be. Maybe East Coasters have a competitive advantage we haven’t fully recognized.

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

Watch: Stab’s Best Wetsuits of 2023

Our quest to objectively establish the best men's suit, women's suit, and booties out of…

Dec 7, 2022

Eithan Osborne Belongs On The 2003 World Tour

But he's gotten an invite to the 2022 Vans Pipe Masters, so we caught up…

Dec 7, 2022

“I Could Do Reels And Surf Two Foot Beachies And Hoard Cash But That’s Moral Suicide”

Noa Deane’s thoughts on money, media, airs in glassy waves and more.

Dec 7, 2022

Wildcard: The Moana Jones-Wong Story

The rise and rise of Mrs. Pipeline.

Dec 6, 2022

Watch: Torrey Meister’s Gunslinging SEOTY Entry

"Bull-riding is such a great warmup for surfing big waves."

Dec 6, 2022

Guess Who Else Just Got Invited To The Vans Pipe Masters

3 more withdrawals, and 3 more exciting replacements.

Dec 6, 2022

21:04

‘Buying Double Cheeseburgers, Acting Like He’s Hit Some Sections Today’

RAGE 400 drops ft Noz, Chun, Creed, Vinny, Jel, Wado + others!

Dec 5, 2022

What’s Happening To Orange County’s Sand, And Is It Worsening The Waves At Lowers?

Read this to upgrade your understanding of your local beach break and coastal environment.

Dec 5, 2022

Here Are The 15 People Who Qualified For The 2023 CT

After seven events and much groveling, 10 men and 5 women will officially be CT…

Dec 3, 2022

An Ode To Aussie Chick Pros From The Nineties 

A celebration of stoicism, resilience, grit, core lordship, and unconditional love.

Dec 3, 2022

Update: John John Flushes Everyone Down The Haleiwa Toilet Bowl

And the CT qualifications for 2023 are set.

Dec 3, 2022

3:53

Riaru Ito Is Cooler Than His Cucumber Garden

Meet our passion pick for the Vans Pipe Masters.

Dec 2, 2022

5 New Surfers Confirmed For The Vans Pipe Masters

Who's out, who's in?

Dec 2, 2022

Unlocked: Kael Walsh, Rolo Montes, And Al Cleland Jr In ‘Saturn’

Quik’s new 20-minute surf film is so good you’ll want to burn a DVD of…

Dec 2, 2022

How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 4

The energy drinks are here. They’ve got millions of dollars, and they want your head.

Dec 2, 2022

‘Saturn’ Orbits Into Southern California

Quiksilver's newest film made landfall in Encinitas, and we were there to document the occasion.

Dec 1, 2022

The Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing Returns In 2023

Can anyone beat John Florence and Carissa Moore in a three-week window?

Dec 1, 2022

What Will Airs Look Like In 10 Years?

The final installment of our editorial exploration into the nuances of airborne surfing.

Dec 1, 2022
Advertisement