The Inertia Contributing Writer

How does this guy find time to surf?Photo: Instagram

The Inertia

In between working on a ridiculous amount of movies and television shows (no fewer than 29 in the last couple of years), earning three separate graduate degrees (creative writing, filmmaking and fiction) earning a PhD in English, teaching film and English, directing dance theater, writing a novel, earning a pilot’s license, exhibiting his own art, playing in a rock band, and drinking prolific amounts of coffee — not to mention posting erotic selfies and chasing underage girls — James Franco finds time to get a few waves.

And unlike way too many celebrity surfers to name (we’re looking at you, Tom Brady), the “Spiderman” trilogy, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Spring Breakers” and “127 Hours” star has good taste in surfboards, too: He rides a 7’6” Creeper single fin shaped by Rob Machado.

Request for comment by Mr. Machado was not immediately returned.  He’s almost certainly enjoying this delicious run of south swell today.

Franco recently popped up on Instagram hanging with San Diego surfer, actor, and stuntman Pat Millin, and the Belgian film director Felix van Groeningen. Millin posted on the ‘Gram last month that he and Franco saw an 8-foot great white “breach 3 times then make a casual encounter/pass by.”

Franco is directing and starring in a movie slated for release this year called “Blood Surf.” He’s been known to do legit amounts of research for his roles in the past (hence the pilot’s license, although pencil-pushers ultimately denied him of actually flying a plane in a scene). Could that be the reason for his recent surf sessions?

Seems everyone — including maybe SoCal’s resident sharks — wants a piece of this dude.

Epic morning shredding the gnar with me mate James 😉 Besides seeing a 8ft juvenile #greatwhite #shark breach 3 times then make a casual encounter/pass by 🦈 I’d say we killed it!!! #surfing #jamesfranco @matuseinc #lovematuse #poweredbyyerbago @yerba_go


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