Jack Freestone in Mexico
All Photos by Pat Stacey Jack Freestone is well-grounded. ‘Specially for a handsome, eighteen-year-old junior world champ who leads a very charmed, globetrotting life. The kid recently went down to Mexico for the first time to wrap some clips for Billabong’s new film,Blow Up (which looks awesome), and boy, did he score. Stab caught up with the Gold-Coaster for […]
All Photos by Pat Stacey
Jack Freestone is well-grounded. ‘Specially for a handsome, eighteen-year-old junior world champ who leads a very charmed, globetrotting life. The kid recently went down to Mexico for the first time to wrap some clips for Billabong’s new film,Blow Up (which looks awesome), and boy, did he score. Stab caught up with the Gold-Coaster for a quick three-pack questionnaire, re: Me’hico. Oh, and we realise there’s no barrel shots here, but you’ll see those in a clip that’s coming real soon.
Stab: Has a Mex trip been on the Freestone radar for a while?
Jack Freestone: The first time I saw waves in Mex was when they ran the Rip Curl Search WT event there. I was blown-away. The wave looked like a longer, better, improved Kirra, so I always wanted to get there. The trip was a late call. We weren’t even going to go, but we ended up getting the last flight, just before the swell hit. I was travelling with my coach, Brent Savage, who’s also a really good friend. We hit up the points of Salina Cruz. When we rocked up, it was nothing short of amazing. Just point after point of below-sea level barrels. We scored some of the best waves of our lives.
What spots did y’frequent and where’s the footage going? Mainly, we just surfed the points, which were just these long, barreling rights. Really more of a slower, more powerful wave, but really easy to surf. I was filming for the Billabong movie, Blow Up. The work wasn’t too hard, it’s sorta easy to get good footage when you’ve got such good waves. Being under the pump to get clips wasn’t bad, ’cause I’m usually always filming anyway, so it just felt normal.
What sticks out in your mind about the trip? The sketchiest thing was trying to get money out of the ATM in town. I got dropped in the middle of the city by myself and it was scary ’cause I didn’t know my way around or where the heck I was. I’ve also heard a lotta dodgy stories about people getting robbed there, so I was freaking a little bit (laughs). The lasting impressions I think I’ll have of my first trip there will be the amount of fun I had – everything, from surfing the most amazing waves of my life to being with friends and having good times.
Stab Surfer of the Year: John John Florence, Italo Ferreira, Balaram Stack, Rolo Montes, and Shaun Manners
Day 9: "You can't do better than his year last year." - John John Florence
Full Moon Surfs, Impassable Puddles, And A Few Nights Spent Sleeping In A WSL Commentary Booth
A reader-submitted collection of nonconformist surf stories.
Carissa Moore And Finn McGill Are Your 2023 Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing Champions
They both pocket $50k and tickets to this year’s Vans Pipe Masters.
The Pick-Up, Presented By Vans, Episode 5
Mason Ho helps us ring in our final week on the North Shore.
Goofyfoot Brazilian World Champion Stars In Stab’s Biggest Board-Testing Franchise
Can you guess who?
Surf Community Rallies To Raise Funds For Eddie Winner And On-Duty Hawaiian Lifeguard Luke Shepardson
Because it's the right thing to do, of course.
Interview: Caity Simmers On Machete Wars, Rihanna, Personal Project Problems, And The Rise Of Female Surf Content.
A toast to ‘Toasted.’
Stab Surfer of the Year: Creed McTaggart, Albee Layer, Laura Enever, Dane Guduaskas, and Selema Masekela
Day 8: "65 years young and charging just as hard as ever at Pipe, Backdoor,…
“I’m Not A Big Wave Guy”
How Kai Paula accidentally made his mark at Jaws three weeks after surfing it for…
A toes in the sand, phone in the lagoon account of the 10th Eddie Aikau…
Breaking: Another CT Rookie Injured Before First Event
Sophie McCulloch pulls out of Pipeline due to Snapper Rocks snafu.
Watch: ‘Toasted,’ By Caity Simmers
Your favorite surfer directs, edits, and stars in her first feature film.
On-Duty North Shore Lifeguard Luke Shepardson Wins The Eddie Aikau
Local man prevails over 39 big-wave heavyweights at 29ft @ 19 seconds Waimea.
The Eddie Aikau Invitational Is On
Grab a beverage and enjoy surfing's Super Bowl Sunday
The Women’s CT Is About To See A Generational Shift
Only three women have won a Title in the past 15 years. Here's why that's…
“One For Marcio” – Albee Layer’s Tribute To Mad Dog
Imagine treating 30ft Jaws like Backdoor.
Stab Surfer of the Year: Noa Deane, Jamie O’Brien, Parker Coffin, Cliff Kapono, and Brendan Buckley
Day 7: "It's like he feels more comfortable when it’s as gnarly as it gets."…