Every trip has it’s grom — Nat Young is ours. So of course we had to haze him a bit by not telling him ’til the very last minute that he’d qualified. Then when we tried to reach him, Nat was already gone to Tasmania to compete in another Cold Water Classic. Oops.
No worries, we just called his mom instead. Figured that might embarrass him enough to get in touch with us. Turns out, Nat’s got one of those “cool moms.” Not embarrassing at all. She helped film his section. Picked out his song. She might even have stunt doubled some of his waves.
So, Nat, if you’re out there…we’re onto you, buddy. We know your secret weapon, and we’re prepared to use it against you.
Oh, and nice work. You made it. Now here’s your mom. —NM
IS THIS ROSIE YOUNG? Yes. Hi.
ROSIE, WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO GET IN TOUCH WITH NAT TO LET HIM KNOW HE’S QUALIFIED FOR INNERSECTION? Good luck. He’s in Tasmania right now. I don’t think they even have electricity there. When he calls I don’t even see his number on caller ID. But he’ll be so stoked.
HE WANTED THIS PRETTY BAD, RIGHT? Oh yeah. I don’t think he thought he would make it though. He’d wake up and look at it every morning, and then again before he went to bed. Finally I’m like, “Get off that thing already!”
WERE YOU ON THE SITE MUCH YOURSELF? Oh, yeah. I was pretty bumpy with all people commenting on the music. Especially Brad Gerlach, who wrote, “I don’t think I’ll watch this again, the music sucked.” And I picked that song. I found it on Hype Machine and am I’m like, “Oh my god this song is so good.” And I never thought it would get that reaction. Then I thought, Oh no, if Nat doesn’t make it it’s going to be my fault.
IS THAT YOUR TYPE OF MUSIC MUSIC? Yeah, I like the electronic stuff. I like techno and hip hop, too. I like all kinds of music. I just thought that one had a good beat. I mean, what do you think?
I THINK IT GOT HIM INTO THE MOVIE, SO IT MUST BE OKAY. He’s gonna be so excited. I wish you could call him.
THIS IS MORE FUN. WE’VE BEEN MAKING HIM SWEAT TO FIND OUT. Yeah, just tell us already.
YOU DID SOME OF THE FILMING TOO, RIGHT? I just duplicated what Ryan [Moss] did. He’d be on the left, so I’d be on the right. If I could watch the section again, I could tell you, but I can’t watch it right now.
WELL, IT’S UP RIGHT NOW. AND THEN IT’S GONE SO HE CAN GO BACK TO WORK ON IT. Is that how it works? He gets to keep working on it.
YEP. THE FIRST PART IS JUST TO QUALIFY — BUT WE KNOW EVERYONE DIDN’T HAVE MUCH TIME TO WORK ON IT. NOW THEY DO? But he’ll keep the song, right? [laughs] Yeah, I can’t remember which shots were mine. Ryan’s gonna be so excited, though. Are you gonna keep trying to get ahold of Nat?
NAH, CAN YOU JUST TELL HIM FOR US? I’M KIND OF TIRED. Um, sure no problem.
NO, I’M JUST KIDDING. WE’RE JUST TRYING TO GET IN TOUCH WITH HIM. TELL HIM TO CALL US. OH WAIT, I’LL DO IT:
ATTENTION: NAT YOUNG — CALL US, DUDE. YOU’RE IN THE MOVIE. NICE WORK.
PS: BRAD GERLACH, NAT’S MOM SAYS YOU BETTA WATCH YOUR BACK.