Beer-battered fish at J'Bay - video
So what is it, twenty years since Andrew Kidman released Litmus? An integral part of that film was the purity of Derek Hynd's high line glide at J'Bay, which was both mesmeric and revolutionary, not to mention improbable as the best of his surfing was done on old designs - namely keel fin fish.
Hynd's pure lines were responsible for the rediscovery of the fish and its rapid shift from obscurity to omnipresence. Within a few years fish were present in every catalogue and quiver, and what was once revolutionary became passe.
So I probably shouldn't be too precious about a beer-sponsored expression session at Fish Ground Zero, which is what this video is. Times have changed, commodification is cool, and the revolutionary leader has moved on - friction free is the name of his new game.
But what's Derek Hynd gonna be riding when, in twenty years time, a multinational beer company sponsors a finless expression session?
PS: Great surfing by Connor.