Skip ahead to the 3:32:00 mark in the video above to see the entire speech.
Xanax sucks. Drugs in general suck, really. The whole rockstar mentality sucks – anything that glorifies choking on your own vomit in a bathtub full of vodka isn’t super cool, even if it is for the sake of “art.” Janis Joplin used to buy shopping carts full of Southern Comfort, and look where that got her. But man, could she write songs.
Noa Deane and his entourage are not Janis Joplin. They’re not Jimi Hendrix or Jim Morrison or Sid Vicious. They surf for a living – and yes, they surf very well. But professional surfing (and professional surfers) will never change the world, at least not in a wider world view. What they do have, however, is the ability to affect younger generations of surfers. So when a few nights ago, at the Surfer Poll Awards, Deane and his posse got up on stage to accept their award for Strange Rumblings (a very, very good surf film), and spent the majority of their time in the spotlight making Damien Hobgood and Alex Smith (two guys who are most definitely good role models) feel very awkward, it seemed a little over the top – Dion Agius by telling the audience how much Xanax he was on last year, while Deane looked on, slightly cross-eyed. If it weren’t such a public setting, it would have been hilarious.