Alex Knost: 10 Days Extra

Alex Knost with a super stylish bottom turn. These apparently piss a lot of people off.

Alex Knost with a super stylish bottom turn. These apparently piss a lot of people off.

“All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.” -Saint Teresa of Avila

When this edit of Alex Knost graced my eyes I was transfixed on his distinct and ever-stylish approach to riding waves. I had watched the previous edits of his adventures in Central America, and this unexpected outtake edit was an ocular feast of saltwater-drenched fantasies. It provided sustenance and satisfaction for my voracious surf film cravings.

Sadly I noticed the polarizing effect Mr. Knost’s surfing can create among the minions of surf devotees. It becomes a divide and conquer mission for many. Who can come up with the most witty and sarcastic comments on why or why not his surfing is “good surfing”. I find my head in my palm as I had hoped surfing has progressed beyond such a shallow and shortsighted view of itself.

Aerial enthusiasts start bashing his ultra flexible, sometimes sporadic, and obviously heavily influenced by the 70’s era approach to surfing. It’s as if no one should have a choice on how they decided to express themselves through the medium of riding waves. If you’re not blasting airs on every section offered to you, well what the fuck is your problem man? Fall in line with what is considered the topmost progressive surfing or what you are doing cannot be accepted by the masses as being of quality. I wonder if, for a moment, any of these anonymous critics are even experienced enough in board experimentation to truly understand how difficult it is to successfully navigate some of the boards Knost is riding. In any event, I tend to file this mentality under that of the knuckle headed crop.

Surfing being so influenced by skateboarding, I’m hopeful we will eventually get to the place were skateboarding is today. See, in the world of skateboarding, anything goes. It all came full circle. However you approach it and no matter your age, there is a place for you, and you are of value simply because you are doing it. Skateboarding has given a lot to surfing over the years, and I think its greatest gift has yet to be fully embraced. Diversity in flavor and in approach opens up the pursuit to an even higher level of progression, the loving respect of the intersection of the past, present, and future in the timeless now.

Now enough of what I have to say, keep an open mind and enjoy the surfing of Alex Knost.

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Growing up in New Jersey, Shawn discovered and quickly immersed himself in the sub-culture of surfing and skateboarding in the mid 80’s. With a diverse and eclectic background, Shawn has walked the path of a competitive surfer, Hare Krsna monk, action sports industry player in NYC, DIY theology and religions major, and a touring punk rock musician. Now a father and self-proclaimed seeker of the “soul” of surfing, Shawn enjoys sessions with friends at uncrowded peaks along his home state’s shoreline and writing about his surf related experiences.

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