A Healthy Seth Moniz Is A Welcome Sight For Our Pterygium-Filled Eyes - Stab Mag

A Healthy Seth Moniz Is A Welcome Sight For Our Pterygium-Filled Eyes

A 12-minute psychedelic-funk odyssey through time and water.

cinema // Jun 22, 2023
Words by Christian Bowcutt
Reading Time: 2 minutes

It’s been a little while since we’ve seen a proper edit from Seth Moniz.

Last year, Seth suffered an MCL injury while filming for Billabong’s upcoming “Trilogy II” and missed three subsequent CT contests, “Not bad for 24 years without a serious injury,” Seth quipped on Instagram.

Then, three weeks ago, Seth pulled out of the Surf Ranch Pro citing an injury. However, he did return to El Salvador and is set to compete in Rio.

Injuries do more than just limit the amount of time we see the afflicted surfer in competition; they limit the amount we see of them free-surfing in video parts too. To CT surfers, it seems, edits are superfluous privileges to be relinquished when the body is fragile — not unlike a professional athlete whose contract prohibits them from doing almost anything fun outside of their sport. However, unlike Seth, let’s not forget that John John’s injuries came from surfing in or around CT events, not filming for parts — the blame cannot fall on freesurfing alone.

Perhaps this is the reason we never got a proper, full, $2 million-budget sequel to “View From A Blue Moon”. One argument to be made is that John John’s persistent injuries restricted his bandwidth to only returning to the CT and not to doing the sort of maniacal aerial surfing we saw in the Cobblestones portion of “View From A Blue Moon”, for instance.

Now, Seth Moniz has had recent competitive glories — placing runner-up in the historic, Kelly Slater-tears-inducing 2022 Vans Pipe Masters. But in terms of “freesurfing”, the last significant chunks of Seth that we’ve had recently have been the 2020 film, “For Whom The Atolls”, his Snapt4 section, and the bite-sized 2019 edit, “Fruition”.

So, it’s refreshing to see some, dare I say, “content” from the Hawaiian scion.

In this edit, you’ll see Seth surfing all around Australia from the beginning of this year. He is joined by fellow twenty-somethings Griff Cola and Josh Moniz (his brother). There are plenty of mighty turns but many, many more tubes worthy of your time.

The thing that merits this edit’s being placed on the “Cinema” portion of Stab in my opinion is the first song paired to the surfing. It’s the kind of techno-funk that stirs the soul, releases dopamine, and makes you want to go surfing. Let’s hope Seth stays off the Injured List and keeps film parts a priority.


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

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

How To Build A Surfboard Factory 

"If you want to make a million dollars making surfboards, start with 3 million." -Jeff…

Oct 1, 2023

Michel Bourez And Jeremy Flores Win Inaugural Edition Of The Quiksilver Festival in France

Turns out you can have your cake and eat it too.

Oct 1, 2023

“It’s Important Who The Fuck These Surfers Are, Because They Form Who You Are”

Legacy surf journo Matt George speaks on his new book 'In Deep' — the literary…

Oct 1, 2023

Was Mikey Wright’s Parallelograming In ‘Repeater’ The Best Accidental Surfboard Ad Of 2023?  

Watch: Ryan Burch, Kobe Hughes and Derrek Disney on Parallelograms, Pickleforks and Keels. 

Oct 1, 2023

Why Jason Momoa Had A 26-Year Old Kauaian Surfer Write His United Nations Speech

Maluhia Kinimaka reminds us that professional surfing, science, and helping the planet are not mutually…

Sep 30, 2023

Maxed Out In France

Massive swell provides both ample playing field and entertainment for second day of competition at…

Sep 28, 2023

Is Australia’s Investment In Youth Surfing Working? A HP Coach Breaks Down The Model 

Watch: ‘Limitless’ ft Lennix Smith, Hughie Vaughan, Sierra Kerr and Isi Campbell and decide for…

Sep 28, 2023

Who Makes The Best Surfboards In 2023?

According to our survey of 7000 people, you and Italo might have similar taste. 

Sep 28, 2023

A Tube Festival Within A Festival

Two-for-one deals all day at the Quiksilver Festival.

Sep 27, 2023

Full Frame: “There’s No Lineups, It’s Breaking All Over, You Just Have To Be In The Right Place At The Right Time When A Bomb Comes In”

Brett Barley on Hatteras Island, by Daniel Pullen

Sep 27, 2023

Long Read: Stradbroke In The Subcontinent

Chasing beachbreak bliss in Prohibition-era India.

Sep 27, 2023

Stab Recommends: Xcel Comp X Fullsuit

A suit that increases blood-flow and protects against burglars.

Sep 27, 2023

How Kipp Caddy Got KO’d + Tore His Hamstring Paddling An Outer-Reef Bombie

It involves a friend’s 8'4" spearing him in the head…

Sep 26, 2023

How Surfers Get Paid Season 2, Episode 2

Loyalty and the Royalty of the Performance Surfboard.

Sep 25, 2023

The Surprising Link Between Neoprene And The USA’s ‘Cancer Alley’

A forthcoming documentary called 'The Big Sea' will change how you look at wetsuits.

Sep 25, 2023

Radioactive Wastewater From Fukushima’s Nuclear Power Plant Is Being Dumped In The Pacific Ocean

What does releasing 500 Olympic swimming pools of fission fondue mean for surfing? 

Sep 24, 2023

Meet Aranui 5: The 126m, 103-Cabin Luxury Cruise Ship & Home To Olympic Surfers At Teahupo’o 2024

Who's gonna get the Presidential Suite?

Sep 23, 2023

Here’s How The Surfers Feel About The 2024 Schedule

Kelly Slater, Caroline Marks, and nine other CTers share their thoughts.

Sep 22, 2023