You Are Here, Nathan Myers

Apparently, Innersection is a small town in Maui. It's unsponsored, 21 years old and surfs big waves as well as it invents new aerials. Please make sure to upgrade your maps immediately.

First Matt Meola wins the $100,000 prize for the year's best surf section. Now Matt's air partner and blog buddy (http://meolalayerproductions.com/) Albee Layer is absolutely crushing the opening round of Taylor Steele's DIY surf section contest.

"Elliot Leboe filmed Meola's part last year," explains Taylor Steele, "so he already had a good idea of what works in this format. He showed us an early version of Albee's section and our main feedback was to maybe go out a get a few bigger waves, knowing Albee's pretty good with that. What they came back with was pretty impressive."

The section's 300-plus comments pretty much say it all:

"There's not a section on here that compares to albees', Unbelivable! those backside airs are f#”:ked up!"

— Matt McCabe (another Top 10 qualifier)

"Crazy section bringing the new Maui vibe. Figure he’s already got a maneuver named after him right?? 'The Flayer.' How many maneuvers can you name? And who did them? Innersection is $."

— Sean Hayes

"So good! One of the best entries I’ve seen in all rounds combined. A few more power turns is the only thing I would add."

—Peter Devries (Innersection Top 5, 2010)

"This was super sick!!!"

—Jamie O'Brien, Pipe Master

“Tremendous.” “Amazing.” “Ridiculous.” From pros to bros, filmmakers to groms, everyone agrees this thing is pretty mind-blowing. It's not just one of the best Innersection's seen so far, but one of the best surf sections anywhere.

Albee knew it too. Stuck in California for a week, ("suck here," he says) he was just drumming his fingers in front of the computer screen waiting for Innersection to start. His coming out party. Actually, Albee entered last year as well, same round as Meola, but didn't make the cut.

He kept asking if he could include his tow waves at Jaws and Innersection kept pointing out its "no mechanical assist" rule. You're just gonna have to paddle in, son.

And so he did.

Now the question is: where does he go from here? It barely seems possible that Albee could improve upon this 3-minute time-bomb…so will fickle Innersection fans feel equally excited when they see him again on the final DVD (where the $100k voting takes place)?

"A song change will definitely need to happen," says filmmaker Leboe. "I was never very attached to the death metal concept in the first place but figured it was worth doing something different in the earlier rounds."

What about just leaving it as is and moving onto the next project? (Like, um, getting sponsored?)

"I'd be happy to call it good," says Leboe, "but guaranteed Albee's gonna want bigger airs, more turns, bigger barrels, etc. etc. etc."

Who are we to complain? And who knows, maybe this is just the beginning. Maybe Albee can do way better than this. Maybe the bar on Innersection is going to be higher than ever. Maybe we should all just start paddling into Jaws every day and getting barreled. Maybe Slipknot should do a reunion tour. Maybe… oh, never mind. Just watch the surfing.

"And just so you know," Matt Meola informs us, "it's way cooler live." —Nathan Myers

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