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Kael Walsh’s Idiot Box Wins People’s Choice For 2022 Stab Edit Of The Year

Future crypto whale?

news // Dec 19, 2022
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Kael Walsh’s ‘Idiot Box’ was the first 2022 Stab Edit Of The Year entry. 

The ten edits that followed were often met with comments like: “This is sick, but I think Kael’s still got it.” 

That line of thinking proved to be accurate. 

After a week-long voting period, Kael officially won the people’s choice — and by quite a margin. Over 40% of you voted for him. Behind him, there was a tight race for second between Albee Layer, Parker Coffin, and Leonardo Fioravanti (in that order), who pulled between 10 – 11% of the vote a pop. 

“I still get the most out of surf films,” Kael told us in an interview to accompany ‘Idiot Box’ back in March. “Good music. Good surfing. Good feeling. Something that makes you want to download the music and play it in your car when you’re driving and getting psyched to go surf. I still watch Kai’s [Neville] surf movies all the time. To me, it feels like that side of surfing is dying, but I want to try my best to keep it alive.”

His efforts have not gone unnoticed — and a Bitcoin could soon land in his packet. 

We’re currently conducting the Stab Surfer of the Year interviews. This is the final mechanism to decide who wins the 2022 Stab Edit Of The Year. Projects longer than twenty minutes — such as Noa Deane’s ‘Nozvid’ and John John’s ‘Gravity’ — are considered “Films” by our rules and fall into their own category. 

We’re no clairvoyants, but we’d recommend Kael start figuring out what he wants to do with $16k worth of a currency that everyone aside from Mikey C. and that Nazare guy seems to think is failing.

Now, tell us: Anything you’d like to see done differently in a potential 2023 Stab Edit of the Year?


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