Minds Wide Open
Minds Wide Open - the highly anticipated new movie from Andre Paskowski and Sebastian Dorr, is the creative fruits of 1½ years filming one of the hottest All-Star casts in windsurfing today.
With no less than 6 World Champions in the starring role, the talent of these outstanding sailors was always going to ensure the best action possible, while we follow them on a journey around the globe to some familiar locations, and some far more exotic.
Andre’s vision was not just for the sickest action though, and was inspired in no small part by his personal battle with Cancer, before and during the production of MWO. His aim was to show the journey that all windsurfers share – the experience of new places, people and cultures, which ultimately let us enjoy more what we have got, just being and living.
Andre wanted to transport this idea through the style of music and images that he used in MWO, while slick editing, new camera angles and the highest quality production were equally important to achieve this. The final result is certainly a little different from the norm, but one that becomes satisfying the more times you watch it.
“Yeah maybe the guy who only likes the action movie might be 1% disappointed, but if he has his mind open, he will not be as he understands the idea, and he will be emotionally touched by every picture, and for us that is what was the most important.”
So what can you expect from MWO?
There was a palpable sense of excitement as the DVD was put in, lights dimmed and sound turned up full – just the way it should be in the movies!
From the very first sequence, what strikes you most is the sense of atmosphere that is created, and it is this feature more than anything throughout the movie that gives MWO a unique feeling. A lot of care and attention has been spent on choosing the right shots to flow from scene to scene, and far from just being just hardcore action set to a thumping rock soundtrack, MWO’s soundtrack is a diverse mix that no doubt will soon become a playlist of every windsurfer’s iPod when heading to or from the beach.
Let’s not forget about the action though – which is just stunning. You cannot help but feel inspired by Kauli’s waveriding and cutbacks, while Marcillio & Ricardo’s effortless Goiters are so smooth and landed with so much speed that it hardly looks like they are trying. These are guys who are absolutely at the top of their game and it is no wonder that they are the top ranked sailors in the world.
In the jumping department, 2011 Wave World Champion Philip Koster has no equal, and watching him at his home spot is Pozo is literally like you are watching video game… some of the things he does just do not seem possible. He just makes it look far too easy. Victor of course is hardly a beginner when it comes to Pozo domination, and he states in the movie that he wants to train like mad so that next year he can try and kick Koster’s ass again in Pozo. Somehow you can’t help thinking: “yeah, good luck with that!”
For the freestylers, Gollito Estredo still is on a level that somehow defies gravity and it’s interesting to note that many of the moves developed in freestyle, have brought ‘newschool’ wavesailing to the level it is now at.
It’s hard to choose, as of course it’s down to your personal taste. For me, the most stunning sequence is the session Kauli has in Cabo Verde sailing alone in monster surf. Yes Jaws is bigger, but there is something more menacing about the speed and hollowness of the waves in this sequence that make you really appreciate the skill involved.
The Indonesia trip is a close second, with pure surfing waves barreling onto dry reef, and the only escape is a racetrack down the line. Victor comments that is was the best windsurfing trip of his life!
What's included in the DVD
For those who want even more action, the extras include additional footage that didn’t make it into the movie, and interviews with Andre about the production challenges he faced. Also there’s a book of stills images taken by photographer Michael Sumereder (some of which are shown in this article).
Lastly, don’t miss out on the wipeout section. When these guys crash, it’s often hard and certainly not pretty! On 8 or 9 of the crashes, it’s impossible not to wince and get that knee jerk reaction that many males instinctively know, when seeing someone else getting punched in the nuts!
It’s hard of course not to compare MWO to Four Dimensions or The Windsurfing Movie, but that’s hardly the point. Each has their own style and flow, and Minds Wide Open is certainly a worthy successor to these. This movie is unbelievably well made, high quality, and ultimately inspires you to get out there and windsurf like the guys in the movie… well you can only dream!
Hat’s off to Andre and all the MWO Team ! From Boardseeker, it’s 10 out of 10 !