Highlights from the 2012 NZ SUP championships held Takapuna Sailing Club Auckland New Zealand. Format for the event is 8 man heats with the top 4 advancing to the next round, with a second repehage. Race divisions include Open and Novice with the men, woman and juniors going head to head. great day had by all with perfect conditions to make the racing challenging for all. Scott Elliott (Race Director)
This event was taylor made for me to video. It was a last second decision to video this great event so arrived late and as a result did not any early footage. I forgot to take extra tape and only had 45min in the camera so had to be careful when I pushed the record button. There was only about 5min of tape left for the final which is why it was it is rather short. I now nothing about SUP racing and didn't even know it existed until about 6 months before this shoot. This was very impressive event and so well organised. The action was close to the beach which made it ideal for me to video together with the audio I got from the loud speakers. Victoria Stuart was the commentator and she is absolutely brilliant in this role. her enthusiasm for this sport is evident and using her commentary in this video stopped this footage being boring (I hate boring). If SUP makes it as an Olympic sport she should be NZ's official commentator! I've looked around for any SUP racing with a commentary and ther appears to be none. The music chosen is from the "Twin City Stompers" based in Napier and Hastings. The tempo of their music was ideal for this event and helped enormously to drive this video. Many of the sound tracks used for SUP I find hideous. One thing I didn't realise was just how big SUP was around the world. There are a number of professional movie companies engaged to promote their product. There was one in particular that nailed it "Iceland Stand Up Paddle Board" (This crew know their craft)
I enjoyed editing this and one of my favorite shots is of the two 12 year olds. Seeing Oliver Houghton finishing his race with such vigour and the calling out to his mate Jack Evans over the PA system and getting them shaking hands was nice to capture. I look forward to videoing these guys winning when they are seniors. What made occasion entertaining for me was viewing the variety of talent from the novice paddlers to the experienced seniors. I've tried to acknowledge as many paddlers as practical with their respective names and hope I've got you all correct. The girls were a pain to ID without numbers.
Almost finally: The footage taken from the plane was taken by me from Geofrey Smales microlight. He was a former Olympic sailor representing NZ at the Mexican Games. He had just got his pilots license at the age of 85.
I might think about uploading some footage in slow motion concentrating on the spills and thrills. I will need the 12 year olds Oliver and Jack to give their expert comments as a voice over.
That's enough from me.....Bowden Hamilton