Windsurf Australia: The Movie, filmed and produced by Col Leonhardt recently hit our screens and showcased the unbelievable conditions that have graced WA this Summer. Now Boardseeker catches up with Col, to find out more about the making of the movie.
“For the movie we really wanted to produce something that showed a bit of emotion to a usual summer here, not just the action, hopefully we achieved this. I've wanted to do this lifestyle/windsurf video of W.A. for years but just needed the right positive people to join in so at the start of summer Peter, Ben Proffitt and Justyna were really keen so we decided to do it this summer.
"It was logistically a little tricky, with Gnaraloo being the main issue. It took 5 years of planning including working out how to get fuel for the helicopter there but it all went very smoothly and we will go back there for sure. I run an aerial photography/filming business in W.A. so know all the pilots and helicopter companies quite well and they all help us out. Justyna has been joining us on heli shoots for years and is a natural so it was an obvious choice for her to help out, especially considering she was injured and couldn't really sail that much at the start of summer.
"But Gnaraloo was a favourite place to film too, so it made it all worth while. The whole Gnaraloo trip was crazy, taking the Avgas up there was an experience, rigging up with a helicopter in the rigging area was "strange". I also have a new favourite place to shoot ‘The Left’ (Ed - check out the feature about Volwater and Proffitt at this spot here) but it was too tricky to film at this year, hopefully next time though.
"It’s too hard to pick a favourite rider, but Peter's an exceptional photoshoot rider, he can always deliver the shot in the least amount of time and of course Justyna, she’s a lot of fun and has endless enthusiasm.
"For anyone looking to come down under it’s a great escape from the northern winter, and even though it has become quite expensive to live here, if you know where to go and know the right people you can live here at a reasonable cost.