Nathan Fletcher emerges and delivers his movie Lavase Los Manos
By Travis Ferré
Seven months ago today Nathan Fletcher snapped his femur on the North Shore, forcing him into a surfer’s insane asylum. Rehab. Healing. Completely dry-docked. He was forced to spend months, quite literally, bound to a wheel chair. But after seven long months of misery, Nathan is back. He’s been in the water, slowly inching his adrenal glands back to health — something that requires much more intense situations than us mere mortals require. For example: The opening scene to Nathan’s new movie Lavase Los Manos. To the tune of Russian Circle’s metal symphony “Enter,” Nathan takes off on the first wave of an 8-foot closeout set at Log Cabins, pulls in backside and doesn’t come out. The tape keeps rolling as wave number two of the set detonates directly on his head. Nathan then reappears and repeats this procedure three times amid powder-deep foam until he’s able to grab his Stretch quad and paddle back out.
Meet Nathan Fletcher.
His new film is an ode to this type of commitment. Core to the core. No nonsense. Mix that with some backside full-rotation airs that will put the possibility of the 720 back into the head of aerialist the world over and you’ll get an idea of what this new flick has to offer. SURFING caught up with Nathan as he broke the law on his cell-phone on the freeway.
SURFING MAGAZINE: THE LAST NINE MONTHS HAVE PROBABLY BEEN PRETTY STRANGE FOR YOU. HOW’S THE LEG?
It’s good. It sucks, but f—k, I guess I’m stoked to have the chance to recover. There are a lot of things to do to get healthy again and it’s hard to get past the mental block you’ve created to get back to where you were.
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING TO STAY SANE?
It’s been like seven months today so it’s been f—kin’ trippy. I’ve been trying to get in the water the past two months. It’s been great, but hard surfing at 40 percent. It’s tricky. A mix of frustration and boredom.
WHAT OTHER STUFF HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON WHILE OUT OF THE WATER?
A lot of bullshit I don’t normally do. Rehabbing the leg — well, trying to. Also made the movie. I helped work on the movie a lot.
WHAT SORT OF STUFF DID YOU HANDLE?
Making sure it was all taken care of. Get the footage, the music and, I don’t even know, all the things that come along with making a movie from start to finish.
SO IT HAS YOUR SEAL OF APPROVAL?
…Yeah, 99 percent. I’m really happy with it, but if it was all my own I’d obviously do some stuff much different. But I don’t complete things very well, so I can’t do it all. IT probably would have never been finished. I’m happy with it though.
IS IT ALL FRESH FOOTAGE OR IS IT RETROSPECTIVE?
It’s mostly pretty recent stuff. The oldest stuff is probably two years ago.
YOU READY TO PREMIERE IT TO THE WORLD?
I dread it until it happens. But I’ll be happy once it’s all done. Its nice though once all the work is over and all the stuff it takes to finish a movie is done. It’s kind of cool for everybody to have a chance to see it now that all the work is done and see people’s reaction.
WHAT ARE YOU ITCHING TO DO RIGHT AWAY WHEN YOU’RE HEALTHY AGAIN?
I’m definitely itching to surf big waves. And just to be able to surf at 100 percent in big waves or small waves. I need to get the adrenalin again. I mean maybe focus on little waves to get flexible. Big waves come easy if you can surf little waves.
WHAT’S THE MOST EXCITING THING TO YOU IN SURFING RIGHT NOW?
The kids. There’s so many of them it’s hard for me to keep up, but I like seeing the kids do tricks and getting radical. The industry has bred all these kids but some of them are actually doing some cool stuff. I like seeing them do that.