WHAT’S NINE-TO-FIVE LIKE FOR YOU?
The amazing thing about my job is that I don’t really have a nine-to-five, per se.
If the surf is good, I’ll blow everything off and surf all day long. Likewise, if
I’m editing a film on deadline, I’ll stay in the studio for 10 or 15 hours at a time.
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR MOVIES.
I aim to make simple, clean and minimalistic films that will stand the test of time.
I film the friends who inspire me and always pick surfers based on their style. That,
combined with amazing waves, unique locations, great music and no distracting titles,
seems to be a formula that’s working for me.
MOST RECENT PROJECT?
My last film, Sight Sound, was released in June 2011 after two years of traveling
around the globe with a group of friends. There’s no story line, narration or titles—
the images tell the story.
COOLEST PLACE YOUR JOB HAS TAKEN YOU?
Some outer islands in the Maldives that are 12 hours away by boat. The surfing was great
and attracted some of the local Maldivians to come and watch. Amazingly, it could have
been the first time many of them had seen surfing.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO SURFING?
My parents met surfing in the 1970s and my dad was a commercial clammer, so
everything my family did was based around surfing, fishing and the ocean. It was
only natural that I followed in their footsteps.
BEST WAVES IN THE WORLD?
Most people expect me to say somewhere like Australia, but I really love the serenity of
cold places like Canada and the Arctic Circle. Walking through the snow and paddling
out to an empty lineup with snowcapped mountains in the distance—it’s surreal.
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