SURFING’s Lost Sections Dept: Austin Smith-Ford

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The reality of Taylor Steele’s Innersection is that most segments won’t make the movie; the latest round alone saw 54 entries. SURFING would like to pay our respects to some of our favorite, under-appreciated entries that you can no longer see on Innersection. These surfers are just supporting actors now, but by next year, any one could have a leading role.

“Surf comedy” is a notoriously agonizing genre. Most of us would rather surf fin-less than watch pro surfers try to deliver dialogue. Especially on Innersection, where you might as well just have the plumber show up and get down to business. Cracking jokes is not ripping.

Until now.

Santa Cruz surfer Austin Smith-Ford and director Andy Hofman actually managed to pull off an entertaining bit of humor without making us want to shake our fists at “In God’s Hands.” The section takes a cool tour of a classic surf town. Offers an eclectic variety of footage and angles. And serves as proof that the kid with three car-dealerships for a name surfs really really good-looking.

Who’s laughing now? Austin made Innersection’s elite Top 10 list, but is gonna let it slide on the Wild Card round. “People have seen the section by now,” says Austin, “so we’ve lost our element of surprise. We’re just glad to have gotten such a good response. In a few years maybe someone will dig this up again and get stoked.”

A few years? We’re stoked right now.