1. Graham Ezzy- Writing and The Sea

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    Directed + Produced By Kevin Pritchard Written By Graham Ezzy Music by Oliver Tank - Last Night I Heard Everything in Slow Motion Writing and The Sea No matter where I am, there are 2 constants. Writing and the sea. I feel uncomfortable inland and away from the coast. Or when I'm not writing. A month before I turned 18, I left Maui and pro windsurfing for 4 years and never really came back. While I studied Literature at Princeton, my heart anchored in New York. Before, when I left Maui, often for months at a time to compete on the world tour, I had the feeling that I was away and would return home to Hawaii. I'm not sure where home is now. I'm homeless. Since graduating from Princeton in 2011, I'm based on Maui, but I'm also back to Manhattan constantly. So many of my classmates have wound up in the city that I run into friends walking down the street or in random cafes getting a morning coffee. That happens on Maui too. But you expect it on an island in the middle of the ocean. I write and i windsurf because i feel a need to. Sometimes both are miserable. But i still need to do them. Like breathing. Sometimes your nose is stuffed and you're sick and you wish you just didn't have to breath so that you could sleep but you have to breath. That's what writing and windsurfing are for me. I guess writing and the sea have become a sort of home for me. I've spent over 1 year-- over 8765 hours-- of my life at sea. Virgins to the sea can't read the wind in the whitecaps. I suppose it's like that more and more. So the sailor's who've circumnavigated the globe see things in the sea that are invisible even to me. The sea is an ever changing chaos. Riding waves, especially massive waves, is a meditation on reacting unconsciously. If you think, you're too slow and will get beat down. Writing, surprisingly is the same. The blank page stares back at the pen. Challenging it. Think about it too much: writers block. The wave and the page offer infinite possibility and potential. These two massive chaotic sources of unknowns have become a sort of home where I can be myself, whoever that is. I don't know if writing and windsurfing have any grand meaning or add an value to the world. But they are my home for now, the only home I've got. It's what I do.

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    • Take 1 - featuring Graham Ezzy

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      *Winner of the 2013 Defi-Wind Film Competition* 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 www.surf-matic.com Music: "Bullet Train" by Stephen Swartz Ft. Joni Fatora

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