Matt Meola lives in a windblown creative pocket on Maui. He and pal Albee Layer spend their days spinning wildly off kinda scary sections into kinda gusty winds and inventing tricks, and when they’re not doing that they’re hunting animals or drinking beer or just generally livin’ the good life. But what’s most amazing about Matt and Albee is their penchant for above-lip activity that is the opposite of boring.
What that means is trying tricks that have never been tried before, landing tricks that’ve never been landed before, and then popularising them and getting everyone else thinking. Matt’s flips, Albee’s double oop… it certainly ain’t dull. But naming tricks after yourself is not very chic and luckily two of the world’s most out-wide hucksters are two of the least haughty, so we got no Albee Alright Airs or Meola Mob Flips or whatever.
Now, Matt’s tweaked frontside spins that are similar to Flynnstone flips but more corked, are a well-documented occurrence and especially since John John started doing them. But Matt has polished a lesser-known flip on occasion, which he calls a Spindle Flip, and aside from an appearance on Surfline‘s Punt Of The Month, the move has flown under the radar a little. It’s kinda like a roll. If you asked a snowboarder, they might call it a rodeo (flipping off your heels). Whatever you call it, it’s rather hard to articulate, so we figured we should get Matt to do it.