Monday, June 6, 2011

The Africa project on Top Billing incase u missed it

Hi all
Incase you missed the Africa Project insert on Top Billing recently or live on foreign shores,heres a look at what went down.

On the Edit side of things ,all sections of the film have been completed,it is now time to thread them together seamlessly to create the masterpiece.
I will be away shooting on other projects till August and on my return will complete the film as i hope to hit the road for the premiers in september.
So stayed tuned and look out for The Africa project coming soon

Monday, March 14, 2011

SABC's Magazine show Top Billing to feature "The Africa Project" Film

The Africa Project recently Headed up to the late John Whitmore's farm in Elands Bay to shoot a sequence for the closing of the film with Jordy Smith and an original Whitmore hand shaped board, from the 60's .Joining us on our venture was the crew from Top Billing who shot an insert for an upcoming show while we did what we did.To Have my film featured on such an established show is a huge compliment to the last 2 years of hard yet exciting work,and i'd like to thank Jordy and john Whitmores Nephews Caleb and Shayne for their enthusiasm in making the shoot with the crew from Top Billing as smooth and easy going as could be.It was deffinately a big change for me having to now be infront of the camera for a day and tell my story,but all in all ,it went well.
Look out for The Africa Project on an upcoming episode of Top Billing in the near future to get a taster for the film.
A big thanks to Buddy Gaylard the director from Top Billing and Aiden Bennets the presenter for their belief in the film

Below are a couple images from the days shoot,enjoy


Wednesday, September 29, 2010


It ‘s been a couple days since my last blog,but seen as it was weekend thought I’d take it off.
Round 1 of the contest has come and gone and Jordy marched straight into round 3.
Round 2 is trying to get going but waves have been really small and tidal so after 3 heats the contest is on hold till possibly Thursday when the new swell arrives.

Theres still enough swell to shoot the shorebreaks of Hossegor and Jordy has been laying down and sticking some pretty mental turns.,see below.

The big news of the days past is that U2 where playing in San Sebastien Spain and hour away from where we are staying.
Quik France had organized tickets for all the event surfers,but with round 2 starting the next day quite a few surfers opted for the night in to be fresh for their heats.
This however worked in my favour and I was granted a free ticket to see one of the greatest bands in history.

We all experienced one of the most incredible nights of our lives,as this being the 32 anniversary of U2 being together and marking the end of their 1 year tour which started  in San Sebastien,U2 certainly ended with a bang.
They played 7 en cores and blew everyone away.
Anyways gotta head down and shoot now,so will catch ya all on the next post



Saturday, September 25, 2010

Africa Project - The final chapter

Welcome to Europe,more specifically Hossegor France which will be home for the next 2 weeks.
This is the final leg of ‘The Africa Project’ and we’re here to lock down number 2 in the world Jordy Smith’s section for the film.
People keep saying but France is not Africa,well theyre right,but Jordy is from Africa and thats all that matters.

You’ll be lucky to catch sight of Jordy riding a wave on his home shores as being apart of the world surfing tour his life is on the road year round .That is why I have come to France,to catch up with him,and document what his life surrounding competition is all about,and lets not forget he is in the running for the world title this year .

After 10 hours of flying I arrived in Paris only to be told theres a national airstrike,so no flights,no trains no nutting to biaritz my final destination.

I’ve learnt to deal with these situations  over the years  ,I guess this is  what stemmed my love for traveling in the first place ,the excitement of the  unkown .
So I just drifted  with the flow of people thru the airport still buzzing that I was in Paris  for the first time. Whats first on my list, the Eiffel Tower or a street cafĂ© for a morning coffee.

Paul Dan was on same flight as me and as luck would have it we bumped into expat Martin Potter and the contest Web team who he is shooting for and scored a ride in one of their cars from Paris to Hossegor,which is an 8 hour drive,needless to say we had a flat tyre 1 hour into our drive(but who cares) we were coast bound.

On arrival I met up with Jordy and crew and we settled into our hotel.
Surf today was anything but great but that does not stop Jordy from hitting it hard ,he’s always amped.He thrives on onshore lips.

The Quik Pro contest Starts tomorrow and with big swell forecast things look to be epic,so log in daily as we enjoy a slice of Europe with Jordy Smith

Greg Ewing,the official stills photog on the project decided he was getting married during this time(congrats buddy) so I am here without his magical still images so will be bringing you frame grabs from the vid I shoot.
Below are couple from today

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Off the back of the trip

Well we're back in good old S.A , the part of Africa we call home and looking back at where we have just been and what was captured,it can only be said , we had an epic trip.

Reunion was everything and more that i wanted from it as a location for the film,it sets itself apart from all the rest in a unique and interesting way which you will see in the film.It's actually mindblowing

The last couple days on the island started with a trip to the moon,(the volcanoe ) and then 2 days just shooting the right in the south.With so much footage from St leu it was nice to bank some more progressive punting at the right to really round off the surfing in this location of the film.

Anyways i just wanna thank the crew for being apart of another insane trip and look forward to the next one.Look out for Greg Ewings incredible images and Story by Andy Davis in an upcoming issue of Zigzag surfing magazine

I'm now on the South Coast for the next month shooting water for the film Blue Crush 2, so once this shoot is over i will keep you posted on our next African adventure.

Till then, see ya in da water

Monday, June 7, 2010

Short and Sweet

It's been a long day so i'm gonna keep this post short and sweet,as a bit of shut eye is calling,knowing we have a 5 am start to head up to the volcanoe tomorrow.
We spent the morning shooting from the water until the wind came up round 12pm and then headed to a blow hole i had been to 7 years ago.
It's a full on lava tube setup,the ocean packs the cave underneath where you standing and then proceeds  to explode 50 metres into the air for up to 10 seconds.We got some incredible footage and pics,there really is no end to the beauty of this volcanic island.
Anyways i'm off, catch ya'll on the morrow

Sunday, June 6, 2010

In all her glory

St Leu has not stopped churning waves down the point for the last 4 days but this morning was special.The direction was bang on and 4 to 6 foot waves were on offer all day,it's not often you get a swell with a 19 second period.
It's quite a phenomenon to witness the beauty of this wave in all her glory.We definately got what we came for,but i think the boys are now amped to go right,so we gonna hopefully get back to the right we scored at beggining of trip when swell backs down on tuesday

Yesterday with the wind up in the arvo,we headed up to the waterfall to shoot some scenics and just kick back.
All in all a great weekend

keep logging back in,see ya