Elliot was coming over early for south islands so we thought why not tee up and shoot some clips. The plan was to hit the Catlins but the swell and the wind disappeared just prior to Elliot getting on his flight from the Gold Coast. The only place getting swell was the west coast which i was dubious about but we decided to go with it anyway i mean it's only a seven hour drive from Queenstown haha. It was torrential rain in Greymouth & to top off my journey my car got hit by some pretty decent rocks which fell off the back of a truck. We both made it in one piece only problem is the swell was massive and wild. The next morning we got up around 6 and headed to the beach. Horrendous.. it was so bad. I was about to head on home when Elliot piped up about the spot round the corner, with nothing to lose and our tails between our legs we hopped in the car and drove a further 20 minutes down the coast. To our surprise it wasn't bad.. it wasn't good either but Elliot was frothing. We skulled back some lukewarm coffee and got to it. Couple sick we tunnels and some delightful hacks it was pretty to watch amongst the carnage. Stray logs floating precariously in the lineup while i accidentally setup my tripod on some classic west coast human faeces. Not sure how i din't realise i was standing in poo for 3 hours but it happened lets move on.
Filmed + Edited Jonathan Smit
Music by Blair Parkes - blairparkes.bandcamp.com
Camera - Red Scarlet-W