Grounded - Ella Sibley's Story
The second instalment in our Grounded series, a series dedicated to great stories during a global pandemic. This time we take you into the world of track cycling, something that's very dear to us, to explore an incredible story of determination, hard work, humility, heartache and triumph as we follow Ella Sibley from junior track cyclist, to World Champion and beyond. You don't have to be a cycling tragic for this one to hit home. So much of this message is reflected in other aspects of our lives.
Grounded - Wakeboarding
Three wakeboarders, planning on competing internationally in 2020, find themselves grounded at home in Australia for the season. Cooper Armstrong, a former Junior World Champion, Hamish O’Callaghan, chasing his international debut, and Parker Siegele, a World Top 10 rider facing his first winter in a decade. These guys join us to show off their home spot in this short documentary that looks behind the scenes of professional wakeboarders. Each with a unique approach to their sport, and a different outlook on what a world with COVID-19 means to them.
FSR Industries | Media House - Moments, in context, in time.
I've been meaning to do this for a few years now. To make a video about something I love, that I know a bit about, but am also constantly learning more about... a video about me. The part I found hard in this little piece, was the fact that there were so many shots I wished I could go back and re-shoot - shoot them better, slower, faster, better framed, more or less exposed. But I cant. But what was maybe the most inspiring part of this process, was recognising that whilst the cameras changed over the last 10 years, the technology got more, well, technical, one thing was constant... I have been chasing the same thing the entire time. So working with crusty old footage shot on my first DSLR was, in some ways, just as easy as working with shots from the newest, most high tech gear I use everyday now. Have I got it right yet? Nope. Will I keep chasing it? Yep.
Taking Flight: The WASZP story.
In 2019 I filmed a documentary about a really interesting One-Design class of hydrofoiling sailing boat, the WASZP. The WASZP is an Australian company and design aimed at re-defining the world of sailing, recapturing the hearts of sailors who traditionally fall by the wayside once they leave junior development pathways. The WASZP is uniquely a destination class of sailing, the likes of which has really never been seen. It has achieved global success, ultimately through a really inclusive and exciting lifestyle mentality. I filmed the documentary mostly on location in Lake Garda, Italy where WASZP held the European Championships. The story follows the ethos of the design of the boats and also looks at a wide range of the fascinating people who choose to sail this boat, and why they do so. This is not a documentary centred around technical aspects, it focusses on the people, the personalities and the reasons why these fascinating and incredibly broad range of people choose to be a part of the WASZP phenomenon.
Road Trippin' with Andy Yates - Episode Two
Welcome to Road Trippin' with Andy Yates. A series about where kiteboarding can take you. In episode two, Andy and I travel South from Cairns to the isolated Aboriginal community of Yarrabah. We were so warmly welcomed there and were privileged enough to be shown around by Pat Lasalo and his colleagues Richard and Lavin, the community's well respected paramedics. We stopped by the museum, primary and secondary schools and took a bunch of awesome kids out for a kite at one of their stunning beaches. Andy was the 2010 PKRA World Champion and is still not only an incredible kiteboarder and amazing athlete, but a super down-to-Earth guy willing to step outside his comfort zone to experience something different. He's studying medicine, with a focus on tropical and indigenous medice, a fact that we explore a bit more in this episode. We find out what makes him tick and how he came to study medicine. From Yarrabah, we headed further South to a place called Lucinda for what was one of the best kite sessions we'd had so far! Huge thanks must go out to: Ozone Kiteboarding for helping to make this project possible in the first place. Sony and Rode Microphones for sending us some amazing Sony Action Cams and Rode Mics to capture all the action with. Xenon Kiteboarding. Pat Lasalo, Richard and Lavin from the Queensland Ambulance Service. Ash Gale and Oisima for allowing us to use their incredible music. These guys are great local artists (out of Adelaide, South Australia) so get on down to their sites, give likes, buy tunes and show your support for great Aussie music! Stay tuned for Episode Four where we continue down the coast in search of paragliding, surfing, and more kiting at Andy's home, the Sunshine Coast.