You guys just dropped your three-minute teaser clip, but what are you planning on doing with the rest of the footage?
We’re not sure which direction we’d like to take it at the moment – maybe a feature film or a TV series. We’re still focusing on chasing swells and gathering footage at this stage. The teaser video was more of just a vibe clip, just to let people know what we’re doing, the toys we’re working with, etc.
Yeah the production value of this whole thing looks incredibly high. Can you tell me about that?
It’s all shot on Phantom 4k Flex and RED Dragon. We’ve used all different types of helicopter mounts and steady cams. Most of our gear is from a boutique company in Australia called Cinemachine, which I guess you could say is the Australian version of Brain Farm.
Do you have any crazy stories from these trips that you could share?
I remember one time we went down to this wave that was super sucky and shallow, and the boys wanted to have a dig. I was a little bit hesitant about letting them surf because it was so shallow – deadly really. You look at Teahupo’o and you think probably 7/10 waves are makeable, whereas out here it’s maybe 2/10. Most of them just end up on dry reef, and when you’re 25 kilometers out to sea, that’s a bad idea. But anyway I see this massive boat coming towards us, they must have seen the skis on the radar or something, and they started following us around a bit. We were dodging them, as we weren’t meant to be out so far on skis, but then I thought, Let’s head back to that wave and start surfing it. If they keep following us, then we’ll have backup in case anyone happens to get hurt. So we ended up surfing it for 2 or 3 hours and got some of the best waves from the clip, and then the fishermen called us over to tell us how stoked they were to watch us surf. We thought we were in big trouble, but they were all legends!