Plug 'n Play
From Tonix Pictures
We've all been waiting and waiting and hoping that a new action video would come out in windsurfing. Turns out Tonix Pictures out of Germany was the one to come through for us. Now I'll admit that since this was a European production I was afraid that it'd be 90% lifestyle and 10% windsurfing, like many of them are. And that just doesn't fly in the US market. Well were my fears ever laid to rest. They have hit the perfect mark dead on. Combine that with 90 minutes of the most amazing, up-to-date and radical freestyle and waveriding action, exotic locations, polished editing, and a great soundtrack and you've got one of the best action videos ever produced, in my estimation.
What will strike you the most, though, is just how radical some of the stuff these guys are doing is, be it flat water freestyle, double loops, or riding perfect waves. I've been watching a lot of kiting videos lately, and what these guys are doing makes windsurfing look far more radical, and consequential than any of the kiting stuff. You've probably been reading about the new freestyle movement in windsurfing, seen the photos and sequences in the mags, heard about all the young new talent...well here it is in living color. And it's everything it's hyped up to be. This video is a must have and elevates windsurfing right back up among the top extreme sports to watch, where it should be.
In the last years windsurfing has reached an unbelievable level. The freestyle and wave circuit is basically ruled by a group of kids between 18 and 25 years of age.
Plug`n Play follows this groups of kids like Ricardo Campello, Kauli Seadi and Konan Lang at the worldcups of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura as well as at their homespots in Brazil and Venezuela.
We experience their play with board and sail and see them doing moves only two years ago nobody dared to dream about.
Head to head races with 35 knots of wind, spectacular crashes and manoeuvres at top speed. This is what the new PWA discipline called Super Cross is all about.
Plug`n Play catches the historic moment as a new discipline is born and features it with impressive helicopter and POV perspectives.
A portrait of windsurfing stuntmen Robert Therietehau shows him not only on his favourite stage, the Windsurfworldcup Sylt, but at his training grounds on Maui, Hawaii. We find out about his breathtaking free time activities at home in Tahiti were he likes to play with deadly animals.
They used to be the biggest opponents about ten years ago; today they travel together. We jump in the car with Robby Naish and Björn Dunkerbeck as they go on a search for sacred waves in the Australian outback.
The Hawaii part tops it all and leaves no time to wake up from the endless Dream of the deep blue ocean under windblown palm trees. We see all the professionals as they push themselves into orbit.
Within the last two years more and more professional windsurfers organized themselves with a digital camera. We collected their footage and found lots of interesting sequences. There is no continent they havent been, and no rules they didnt break. The Fanatic photoshoot at Gran Canaria gives us an idea of the hard job of a professional windsurfer, Rig Fiedicke takes us on his 2 year Worldtrip, and Peter Garzke shows us the Hawaiian Playgrounds on Oahu as he mounts his camera on any possible part of his gear.
So in the end this video production is a stormrider guide for windsurfers. It for sure makes you want to plug in your rig and go play.
Robert Therietehau, Robby Naish, Björn Dunkerbeck, Kauli Seadi, Recardo Campello, Konan lang, Klas Voget, Normen Günzlein, Andre Patzkowski, Peter Volwater, Keith Teboul, Levi Siver, Josh Angulo, Matt Pritchard, and a whole lot more
Hawaii, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Sylt, Isla la Reunion, Rottnest Island, Brazil, Venezuela, Chile, Australia, Tahiti, South Africa
Most of this video is clean, but there are some foul language lyrics in some of the songs, the wipeout song in particular, which is in the second part. (The video is in two roughly 45 minute parts.) Also in the second part there's a few scenes of some pro guys being a little raunchy. You might want to screen the video first.