Haystack: A Surf Video Contest For Bros not Pros
With the recent influx of user-submitted video-contests taking hold in the surfing world, a Jeremy Lin-esque rise to surf stardom seemed inevitable. But as it turns out, setting up rules and building a level playing field was harder than it sounded. Now, thanks to a couple of free-thinking publications in Australia
, we could see a new generation of self-made superstars after all.
made the first leap into this realm with Innersection, a user-based contest that decided which handful of surfers would make his latest blockbuster surf film. While this opened the door to any surfer/filmer on earth, the criteria, prize money, and subsequent level of competition basically ruled out amateurs altogether. Several elite surfers including Kelly Slater
and Joel Parkinson
had sections submitted, which were backed by sponsor dollars. This effectively defeated the purpose of the 'user-submission' aspect and lead to some backlash among the amateur hopefuls. Just listen to the audio for Nick Rosza's submission.
Much like Stab Magazine's Little Weeds contest, which launched the careers of surfer Chippa Wilson
and filmmaker Riley Blakeway
, Waves Mag has introduced a more grassroots take on the 'clip-contest' trend with Haystack.
Here's the concept: No sponsors. Surfers who already ride for any type of company are ineligible. And the winner will receive a year contract for sponsorship from Mambo, Electric, Etnies, FCS, and Peak Wetsuits. Each clip cannot be longer than 60 seconds, which is still a daunting task for someone who doesn't have a personal filmer and large travel budget.
Here are a couple of the better submission so far. The cutoff for submissions is March 16.
Hay Stack Clip from Mike Riley on Vimeo.
Aamion and Daize Goodwin
, along with their two children Given, 3, and Truth, 1, are circumnavigating the planet across 18 countries, using the world as the ultimate educational tool. A few close friends came along to film the Goodwins as they journey through destinations including Iceland
, Nepal, Morocco
, and Senegal
. And they have plans for a full-length documentary about their time on the road.
Originally from Kauai, they've traveled to some far-flung locations already. But at..
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