Kevin Pritchard's latest sport short features Graham Ezzy windsurfing on Maui, Hawaii. Here's Graham's take on working with Kevin:
"Kevin Pritchard has 8 windsurfing world titles and also makes films about windsurfing. Being the subject of his latest sport short, “Take 1”, makes me one of the happiest pro windsurfers on and off the water.
When Kevin showed me the first edit, I got goosebumps (or as they say in Hawaii: chicken-skin). It was surreal to see one of windsurfing’s heroes making a short about me. Some of my earliest memories of watching windsurfing events involve seeing Kevin boost 50 feet in the air before rotating into a delayed forward rotation. Or, when I was 16 and competing as the youngest pro on my second year of the professional windsurfing tour, KP added yet another world title to his collection.
Being filmed by a legend has benefits beyond the cool factor. Windsurfing is one of the hardest sports to film, according to every filmmaker I have ever worked with. The first take is the only take. Each wave breaks differently than every other wave. Framing can't be planned but must be improvised. The strong winds vibrate the camera and the long lens required to keep a tight frame on the windsurfer half a mile out to sea.
There is only one take for every shot. If that take is blown, the whole shot is gone.
When nothing is planned, having an 8x world champion behind the lens makes a difference. He can read me as I read the waves, anticipating my maneuvers. It’s like a dance to an unfamiliar song with a familiar partner.
KP doesn't have to imagine what its like to jump 50 feet into the air or drop into a 50 foot wave at jaws. He has done all that and more. When I take a foot off my board during a back rotation, I know that he was the first one to do it, winning a world title off that jump in 2002.
And even with Kevin's skill, shots still get missed. By some version of murphy's law it seems that the best moves escape capture and must live forever as a memory. Making a short like this, even just 4 minutes in length, takes a few months of filming.
My favorite part of Kevin’s edit is that it feels really honest: the feeling it gives reminds me of what it is like to be on the water."
Read Graham's blog at surf-matic.com
Music: "Bullet Train" by Stephen Swartz Ft. Joni Fatora
A superb high quality windsurfing clip of multiple time freestyle world champion Gollito Estredo. Rewarded was filmed at Gollito’s home and birthplace of El Yaque, Margarita and on the road in Sotavento, Fuerteventura, and Tarifa, Spain.
Using the latest slow motion cameras and techniques, the movie highlights Gollito’s inspiring story from his humble childhood to becoming 5x world champion.
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3 weeks after the end of the epic windsurfing wave event on La Reunion island, and after 4 shortclips already online, the official and final video of this "Reunion Wave Classic" is now online!
15mn of pure radical wave action mostly captured in Ravine Blanche, the hardcore spot that welcomed the 16 top riders for an intense "team" battle. In 2m to almost 8m high waves powered by a solid 30 to 35 knots wind, the sailors went big and charged hard despite a very sharp reef and nasty sea urchins ready to greet them at the slightest error!
Another great contest after the 1st "Wave Classic" in Fuerteventura in March 2009, featuring this time top names like Fernandez, Taboulet, McKercher, Voget, Mussolini, Traversa, Bruch, Juban, Goffinet, Caste, Clancy and Sifferlen, all welcomed by super hot locals Pichot, Van Woerkens, Zabala and Godet...
Enjoy the action, and see you next year for another hot contest in La Reunion!