Blue Sway: Paul McCartney and Jack McCoy go surfing together
Legendary surf filmmaker Jack McCoy has created a music video for Paul McCartney’s previously unreleased track “Blue Sway”. The song was written 20 years ago but had never been officially published.
McCoy uses a high powered underwater jet ski to capture the essence of surfing and of the deep ocean, producing stunning images from the water world.
“Paul was pretty stoked with what I’d created. He immediately thought my images might be suitable to go with his unreleased song ‘Blue Sway’ and asked if I would like to have a listen. When I heard it, I started dancing around the room because I could imagine editing my shots to the song”, said McCoy.
Paul McCartney and the surf director met through a mutual friend, Chris Thomas, who saw the footage of “A Deeper Shade of Blue”, while visiting McCoy in Australia. When he returned to the UK, he gave McCartney a copy of the sequence.
“When I saw Jack McCoy’s underwater surfing footage put to the soundtrack of ‘Blue Sway’ I was blown away” said McCartney. McCoy spent the next six weeks creating the music video by compiling and editing images that he filmed off Tahiti’s Teahupoo reef.
McCoy’s HD camera can travel up to approximately 10 miles underwater and is mounted to the top of the scooter and is designed to be able to tilt up or down, as well as spin 360 degrees, to allow him to film extraordinary angles.
Meanwhile, “Blue Sway” won ‘Best Music Video’ at NYC Short Film Festival this past May and the video. The song will be available for the first time on the bonus audio disc of the special edition of “McCartney II”. Source: SurferToday
Kiteboarders are preparing to get their hands in a new video game for the world’s best consoles. “Motion Sports: Adrenaline” will feature eight extreme sports in Kinect mode: Wingsuit, Mountain Bike, Rock Climbing, Kayak, Kitesurf, Parkour, Extreme Ski and Extreme Trampoline.
Expect real kiteboarding simulation
The kitesurfing game promises to be the finest title ever produced. Watch how Ubisoft developed the uniqueness of the wind sport, in the game trailer.
Riders will be able to compete in multiplayer mode against or in cooperation with other contestants. The intuitive motion control is set to display the most precise gestures from the players.
The water and the kite details are impressive, so you should expect a very real simulation of extreme action kiteboarding, between the hills and rocky mountains of world scenarios.
“Motion Sports: Adrenaline” will be released by Ubisoft in October 2011. Source: SurferToday
When Tom Morey invented the modern bodyboard, stringers were not a priority. In the evolution of bodyboarding many add-ons have been introduced to get better rides, carves and quality in aerial landing.
What can a bodyboard stringer do for performance?
In the last ten years, the bodyboard shapers developed stringers as a core part of a bodyboard construction. Stringers are seen as the spine that reduce deformation and keep the board intact when forced to major pressures.
That’s why, in the beginning, a single stringer was added in the center of the bodyboard. The first units were even homemade in PVC or pipe and inserted by amateur riders themselves. Of course, by doing so, water invaded the custom made channel and, in a matter of months, the bodyboard was rotten.
The bodyboard industry bettered the concept and tested two stringers placed symmetrically. The leash plug had to be moved a few inches, but the new functionality delivered great results and a stoked feedback from the best pro bodyboarders.
It’s easy to feel that stringers add speed, for example, in bottom turns. Finally, some brands decide to market a tri-stringer bodyboard. Rheopaipo opted for its Interchangeable Stringer System, letting costumers decide and replace stiff or soft stringers depending on the wave conditions.
Let’s nof forget that, in 1983, Turbo bodyboards provided an alternative to the Morey Boogie dominance: a stiff board that could be custom tailored to suit your riding preferences. Great idea, at the time.
Today, bodyboard stringers are mainly built of carbon, graphite and even fiberglass. If you’ve never seen a stringer, watch it below. Source: SurferToday
Ben Wilson has scored the world’s largest kitesurfed wave ever. The experienced rider has taken an incredible wall at the infamous surf spot of Cloudbreak, Namotu Island, in Fiji.
Ben Wilson doing the impossible
Wilson has been trying to ride the biggest wave possible with a kite for more than five years. “Probably the most exciting thing about chasing a swell, like the one we caught in Fiji, is that the swell travels from very far away, so it has so much energy and intensity”, says the kitesurfing pioneer.
The biggest wave captured on film happened on the 20th May 2011. “When I dropped into that wave, it never let me get to the bottom of the wave. I felt that I was in a motionless wave. All I knew was that I put so much effort into this moment that I needed to hold on till the very end”, he adds.
Ben Wilson is one of the best wave kitesurfers in the world. He has already released “Smack” and “The Unknown Road”, two DVD’s in which he teaches how to improve skills, get confident unhooking and master riding strapless.
The wave rider has also established his own kitesurf brand, Ben Wilson Surf. Source: SurferToday