John Philbin has a great mug. It’s a face with stories to tell. A casting director would easily pop him as a waterman or a cattle rancher. He can do badass, yet he’s quick with a laugh. His eyes actually twinkle.
It’s almost impossible to define the process of art-making. It’s equally difficult to express the experience of surfing. These two worlds are mirrors of the other. Both are tedious and frustrating as one waits and hopes for a wave or an idea. Both require a million immediate micro-decisions. Both demand courage, stamina, and perseverance. In the arts, success is as fleeting as the memory of a sublime ride.