GLOBE FOOTWEAR RIDER, NATE TYLER, PUNTS HIS WAY INTO THE WINNING SPOT OF TAYLOR STEELE’S INNERSECTION!!! THANKS FOR VOTING…
Nate Handled business! WINNING the first qualifying round of innersection, which guarantees him a spot in the film. Nate has been one of USAâ€™s most underrated talents, but rest assure youâ€™ll be seeing a lot more of this kid over the coming years!!! Click to read interview…
AN INTERVIEW BY OUR FRIENDS AT SURFING MAG
This is exactly why Innersection was created. We couldn’t have scripted a better example. A guy who wasn’t even on Taylor Steele’s radar shows up totally un-announced and dominates the event from beginning to end in all the ways it matters.
He didn’t have the most views, but he had the most viewers. He didn’t have the most Top 10 votes (but only by 1), but he was the most people’s #1 pick. High fives from the Dorian and Malloy. Hundreds of stoked comments. No controversy here â€” Nate killed it.
Nate’s section wasn’t flashy or gimmicky, but it definitely wasn’t sloppy either. Nate let his surfing do the talking, but the reason his skills shined was the careful editing of high school filmmaker Victor Pakpour. How cool is that? Straight outta algebra class â€” it’s a full afterschool special. We couldn’t have made this up.
It took us a bit to track Nate down for an interview. Turns out, while other guys were staring down their view counts, Nate was out getting barreled. Why didn’t we think of that?Â â€”NM
HEY, NATE. I FOUND YOU. I haven’t even know what’s going on. Did we make the top five.
YOU WON IT. No way. That’s awesome. There’s no…uh, big deal about winning is there?
YOU MEAN, UH, MONEY?Â Um, well, I don’t know.
YOU MADE THE MOVIE. NOW YOU’RE IN THE RUNNING FOR THE $100K AND YOU’VE GOT A GUARANTEED SECTION IN THE MOVIE. DUDE, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? I left for Western Oz the day after we submitted and haven’t had Internet the whole time. I’ve heard stuff from my wife and Victor, and tried to upload Mike’s section one time, but it crashed â€” slower than dial up. So, I’ve just been off it.
SO, YOU HAVEN’T EVEN SEEN THE OTHER SECTIONS?Â I’m totally in the dark. the weird thing was, after the first week, after getting all these texts and seeing people all stressed over it, I was pretty happy to be in the bush and not have to worry about it at all.
SO WHAT WERE YOU EXPECTATIONS GOING INTO THIS?Â Oh man, I didn’t expect much. I just saw it as an outlet to show people how I surfed. That was my approach. Victor and I got psyched when we saw that it was coming out kinda cool. Then we were like, “whoa, what if we can make it?” My whole approach was just to put together something that would show people my surfing. I just figured there would be tons of people looking at the site.
WELL, YOU GOT TONS OF VIEWS. HOW DID YOU CONNECT WITH VICTOR. I met him a while ago, and my buddy Matt Shuster at Volcom has had Victor as an intern or little buddy. But I hadn’t really hung out with him until that Cabo trip in January. But he’s a nice kid, super talented. I was stoked to work with him.
ANY WORRIES THAT HE WAS A BIT YOUNG?Â Not at all. I was excited about that because I figured he’d be more open-minded to anything. And he would have a more open approach to it and bring something different than an established guy. I just saw him as a talented kid who would work well with me and put something together something that we’d both be happy with.
SO, YOU WERE PRETTY INVOLVED?Â I definitely went over all the rough edits, but for the most part, that was him. He nailed it. I was just picking out the waves I hated, but he really was the man on that thing.
DID YOU DO ANY RALLYING FOR SUPPORT?Â That was another key thing for lil Victor. I knew he’d be freaking out and pushing it himself. I personally didn’t do anything, cause I’m not too big on self promotion. But Victor and my wife really did a lot of blasts to everyone we knew. Nothing more than an email blast or some Facebook. But I’ve been out of the loop the whole time.
WELL, WE’RE STOKED HOW IT WORKED OUT. TAYLOR WAS SAYING YOU WEREN’T EVEN ON HIS RADAR BEFORE, AND BY THE END HE WAS ROOTING FOR YOU.Â Then it’s mission accomplished for me. I didn’t set out to win, but just to get on people’s radar. And someone like Taylor, that’s an accomplishment for me.
I THINK YOU’RE ON A LOT MORE PEOPLE’S RADARS NOW. COULD BE A BUSY YEAR.Â I’m down. I’m excited.
THERE IS A $100K OUT THERE, TOO. MAN, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN. I know. I feel bad. I didn’t even see the other sections.
ARE YOU COMING HOME? I come back the 25th.
JUST IN TIME TO MISS IT. So, who else made it?
I’M NOT EVEN GONNA TELL YOU. I LIKE YOU BETTER NOT CARING . Nah, I’m bummed to not see the other sections. We just haven’t even had a dial-up connection out here. We’ve been renting amazing houses, but they just haven’t had Internet. I saw Dylan Graves and he’d obviously been on the site…and I was trying to figure out what was going on.
CLASSIC. WELL, YOU’RE PROVING THE THING ISN’T RIGGED. This is so rad. I doubt I would have ever crossed Taylor’s radar without something like this.
WELL, I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE TOOK NOTICE. SAME FOR VICTOR â€” THIS SHOULD GIVE HIM SOME JUICE WHEN HE GRADUATES AND WANTS TO KEEP WORKING ON SURF MOVIES.Â Â Oh, man this has been so rad for him. And that’s another thing, is that we had Matt Shuster, who did the BS! project, he was overseeing Victor the whole time. He’s really good at what he does, so having watch over Victor and communicating with me, it was good.
SO, IF YOU WERE PLANNING THE PREMIER FOR THE INNERSECTION MOVIE, HOW WOULD YOU ROLL IT OUT?Â Well, I’m from Templeton and Cayacas, I live in the woods between them. So that’s a no brainer to do it in the Fremont Theater. It’s an old rebuilt theater in San Luis Obispo, and it drags in people from all over, surfers from both counties and college kids and film students…so, that’s how I would want to see it.
SOUNDS COOL. WE MIGHT PUT YOU IN CHARGE OF THAT. Well, that would fit with the nature of this project. Follows the suit of the interactive nature of Innersection. I’m psyched. So, can a filmmaker do more than one project?
SURE. People are gonna try to swipe Victor. I’m gonna have to remind him to keep true to his roots. I don’t need him editing 8 sections.
THAT’S FUNNY. I INTERVIEWED HIM LAST NIGHT AND HE ASKED ABOUT THAT, TOO. Oh, he’s already leaving me, huh?
HA HA. Hey, I’d just like to thank Volcom for supporting the section and my wife and Victor for really rallying all the support. I couldn’t have done it without them. I just surfed.
WELL, THAT’S WHAT IT TAKES. NICE WORK, MAN. YOU CAN NOW GO BACK TO JUST SURFING NOW.
INNERSECTION also had a chat with Nate’s director, Victor Pakpour, while we were tracking down Nate.
VIC, YOU JUST WON INNERSECTION! I’m psyched. So frothing. I can’t believe it.
WHERE’S YOUR BOSS? TOO BUSY TO ANSWER HIS PHONE ALREADY? Nate’s in Oz. He’s dying, but he’s out of cell range and there’s no Internet where he is. I was just texting him and he’s just as psyched as me. We’re both frothing.
SAY FORTHING ONE MORE TIME. Frothing.
NICE. HOW DID YOU RATE YOUR CHANCES GOING INTO THIS? We just did our best job, and then it was up to the people to see if they liked it. I guess the people liked us.
EVERYONE WENT IN PRETTY BLIND? I had no idea. I thought it was gonna be like Jordy and Dane in the first round. I just didn’t know what to think. I didn’t even think we’d make top 5. So, to win it is huge.
THE HARD WORK SHOWED. This is my first time editing a surf section ever. I was realizing how many different factors go into it. The surfer needs to like it, it has to flow with the song…so many things that have to work together.
MUST FEEL GOOD TO BE LOCKED IN. Oh yeah, for sure. I don’t think anyone had any idea what to expect with this thing. You coulda easily had a bunch of kooks show up and you’d have to pick five of them. But now I think it’s gonna get heavy. Nate’s gonna be psyched to see some top guys entering. It’s just gonna raise his level.
COULD YOU TELL YOU’D WON JUST BY WATCHING THE SITE? It was kinda in my head, but I was going, “There’s no way I’m winning. No way.”
WHERE’D YOU LEARN TO EDIT SO PRETTY? Internships. I did an internship with RoadTrip Nation my junior year. And now I’m doing an internship with Volcom. Everything’s been super hands-on. Right after school I go and film and edit. I don’t start doing my homework till midnight most nights.
WELL, THIS SHOULD EARN YOU A GOOD GRADE. Yeah, I’m so excited. I can’t wait to get back to work on it.
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE WHOLE SYSTEM? GIVE US SOME NOTES. Well, I think for the filmers, a week seems pretty long. But maybe that’s because I was just glued to the site non-stop for the comments and stuff. But, I don’t know if there’s a better way to it. A week’s pretty good…just the filmmakers and surfers are dying.
A WEEK SEEMS LONG, BUT NOW THAT IT’S OVER IT WILL PROBABLY SEEM TOO SHORT. Definitely. I’d be psyched to do another entry. I wonder what Mitch is doing…
GO GET ‘EM.