LITTLE BLACK WHEELS | SURF FILM REVIEW
[04.02.2010] Category: Surf film
GENRE: A mix of soul surfing, W.A slabs & a few interviews
LITTLE BLACK WHEELS
SURFERS: Dave Rasta, Beau Young, Johnny Abbegg, Kristian Spencer & others
There's times in life when something calls and you just have to go with the flow. There's no signs of writing on the wall, but there's that feeling, a feeling and a voice deep inside that calls out and says 'be free'. Mick Waters, pregnant wife, young daughter and the dog packed it all up and hit the road for a few months to re-connect and bond as a family, slide a few waves, and a do a bit of filming. No swell chasing, no boat charters or expensive budgets. Just a car, a few surfboards and a bit of a plan. Little Black Wheels was born.
You won't find a car load of 6'0 performance boards, thruster set ups or a team of boosters here. Little Black Wheels is a mixture of various surf crafts, unique individuals and varied breaks that all have one thing in common, a love for the 'art' of surfing. You'll see some amazing quad and twinnie action in Byron, Beau Young looking flawless, Rye Craike pulling into a few monster W.A slabs and few other magic moments.
Little Black Wheels isn't an over the top artistic film and doesn't try to be something it's not. It's a film that actually came together after Mick returned from travelling with his pregnant wife, young daughter and his faithful dog from Byron Bay to W.A, with a little trip to Japan in between. It's this 'things just happen when they happen' attitude that makes the film what it is. I really enjoyed the film, and if you're open to watching something that has a fun and chilled vibe then you'll love Little Black Wheels.
The overall film quality is great, and while it's not shot in HD or a 16mm camera, it fits the films vibe accordingly. Mick has a good eye when it comes to shooting surfing and the characters involved and has done a great job with Little Black Wheels.
The editing through the film is well thought out mixed together. The film seamlessly merges interviews, surfing shots, lifestyle grabs and a well chosen sound track. The film matches various surfers with music that suits their style, look and feel and all the music beats are cut into the film very well.
Little Black Wheels offers a good mix of surfing, along with the odd interview/chat with some amazing Aussie watermen and a snap shot time to time of Mick's family. Most of the surfing is performed on alternative surf craft including quads, twinnies, single fins and an egg. However there's footage for those that need their bite of heavy W.A slabs with Ry Craike making it look very easy. There's enough variety throughout the film where Mick has mixed in land, water and lifestyle shots, keeping you engaged start to finish.
Most of the surfing is chilled, laid back, long walls with smooth drawn out lines. There's a few sections where it's a barrel fest with guys like Ry Craike and Brett Schwartz pulling into some deep W.A slabs. There's also some cool footage of Rasta being Rasta on his Alaia crafts, but for the most part it's about soul surfing, surfing as a passion and life release as opposed to breaking speed and air records. The surfing will have you appreciate the different crafts that people are riding these days, and spending their time honing their skills and looking like they're having a blast.
Like the surfing, the soundtrack is set to mellow, folk and soulful tunes. A lot of acoustic guitar, the odd banjo and drum beats. They all mix in perfectly with the style of the film and you'll find yourself wanting to wind everything back a notch, crack a cold one and kick back with the sound turned up. Free to burn by The Orange Bird is a standout track worth checking out.
It's a film that will have you questioning what surfing means to you. I recommend it for those that are caught up in the lightning pace of life and want something to help keep the dream alive. Little Black Wheels will remind you why surfing is important to your soul. A film that you can sit down and watch on your own, with a few mates or even your better half while smiling and knowing you live the life of a surfer. It wont have you bouncing off the walls to get out and smash your local, instead it'll have you thinking about the places you haven't ventured and surfed yet, and you might event start planning on packing up the car and getting out of town for a while. Adventure is instilled in all of us as surfers, you just need a little inspiration time to time, and that's where Little Black Wheels comes into play.
• Johnny Abbegg putting on a show of style and class on his 5'7 SEA QUAD.
• Beau Young ripping to his fun lovin' kiddies tunes that he writes.
• Kristian Spencer the mad soul from W.A that has it all. He's a real time man and his best friend land and sea lover.
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