It’s a battle to drop in solo on a First Point peeler at the fabled Malibu racetrack during a decent south swell. But it’s a war to keep the hordes off of the perfectly bending, never-quitting, nose-riding canvas. Flagler Beach local and recent Duct Tape invitee Saxon Wilson does just that in his newly released short, “Sonice.”
Wilson pilots a bellied-out log with equal parts grace and haste, smoothly stepping up to the nose to clock ample tip-time before swinging the chunky board towards the flotsam, where his deep bottom turn always keeps him one step ahead of the curve. His smooth, rhythmic approach lines up with the spacey soundtrack (aptly named “Levitation Room” by Friends) and the resulting surfy stimuli is, simply: Pacific bliss.
With such a masterful handling of the longboard, it’s no surprise that Wilson earned himself an invite to last year’s Duct Tape Invitational in the Basque Country (by knocking log-master sensei Joel Tudor out in a heat at the ECSC in Virginia Beach, no less!). Will Wilson follow in Justin Quintal’s footsteps and bring another Duct Tape win home to North Florida? It seems he is already trodding the path.