A Healthy Seth Moniz Is A Welcome Sight For Our Pterygium-Filled Eyes
A 12-minute psychedelic-funk odyssey through time and water.
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.
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