Movies have an amazing ability to give us a visual image, take us to a place we’ve never been or just make us laugh. With the breadth and scope the sport of standup, the opportunities for rich visual storytelling are endless.
Four films are up for SUP magazine’s “Movie of the Year” award. “SUP Pirates” follows big name standup paddlers around the world as they shred on both local and foreign ground. “Stand” opens our eyes to the threatened Canadian coast of the Great Bear Rainforest and encourages us to stand to protect it. “Driftwood” takes us to remote surf locations around the world and shows us just how worthwhile taking the road less traveled can be. “iAfrica” follows a SUP expedition to KwaZulu, South Africa where paddlers ditch their kayaks and take to standup paddleboards to run whitewater down the Zingela River. Here, the producers give you a little glimpse into what went on behind the scenes.
“Surfing, to me, is a glorified hobo experience. Instead of boxcars and the Midwest, we get planes and the South Pacific. However, both parties get to experience mother nature and traveling a long rugged mile to find yourself going, ‘How in the hell did I get here?’ or ‘Who are these people?’ or ‘That vegetation looks trippy,’ or ‘Think they take Visa?’ “SUP Pirates” is just a video collage of the never-ending pursuit of good waves and freaking weird-ass times.”
“In general all the food we ate during the filming in Haida Gwaii, Bella Bella and Hartley Bay was incredible, and everything was gathered from the proposed tanker route channels. We ate salmon, herring roe, halibut, cockles, octopus, lingcod, rockfish, uni, crab, seaweed and probably more things I’ve forgotten. By eating off the land and sea every day we got to really see the incredibly destructive impact tankers could do in these regions.”
“Peter Trow and I think the same way. My first trip with him was to the Galapagos Islands, one of the craziest trips of our lives where we almost wrecked a boat and one of our group’s taxis was hijacked. I finally met somebody crazier than me and it turned out to be a great thing. In Colombia, we knew we had to start filming all this stuff: the amazing places and people. That’s how ‘Driftwood’ started.”
“When we got to Singer Rock, a pretty high rapid, the kayak and film crew went and set up on the rocks and got everything out of the dry bags. Later, when we went back to get the dry bags they had disappeared. A hunt went on for an hour for the dry bags and when we finally found them we came back and the kayaks were gone!”