Winning the inaugural Innersection contest was a life-changing experience for me. It was an absolute dream-come-true to be in a film coordinated by Taylor Steele.
Immediately after winning the inaugural contest, I learned that I would automatically have a section in the 2011 Innersection film. Normally, that would be great news except for the fact that I had injured my knee and basically missed the whole winter. Therefore, I had zero clips. As more time passed and my knee was still in pretty bad shape, I decided that I probably wouldn’t submit a section. It took a while, but I finally started getting back in the water with the help of a knee brace. By October 2011, I had finally gathered a few clips.
I wanted to have something special to follow up my win. I knew my clips were not optimum due to my injury. One of my good friends on Maui is Lukas Nelson. We were hanging out at my mom’s house one night, and he played some songs for me that were going to be on his next record. When he played “If I Was The Ocean” I knew right away that it would be my song for my Innersection. I still thought my section needed something more to be really memorable. We were all sitting around the kitchen table trying to figure out a good opening.