Sanuk catches up with kayaker & filmmaker, Shon Bollock to get the good word on his newest masterpiece Slippery When Wet… Read up!
We hear you’ve recently emerged from the editing caves with a new film. Dish the dirt! What is Slippery When Wet?
Yes sir. My eyes are still adjusting to all the light but it feels good to be done. Slippery When Wet is a project I have been working on the past 2 years with some of my closest friends. It is a film that introduces and highlights some of the top athletes in the kayaking world while diving into adventures all over the globe- including kayaking and tsunami relief work in Japan, hitting the high sierra classics in California, the deep canyons of Mexico, and big waterfall hucking in the Pacific Northwest, plus much much more of corse.
Cheeky name, no? How’d you settle on it?
That is a good question! For the last part of the trip we stayed in a hostel in downtown Hilo, Hawaii and there was a Slippery When Wet sign before you entered the kitchen and it kind of just stuck, plus there might be some subliminal messaging in there.
For those unfamiliar with the sport of kayaking, what can they expect?
Kayaking, like many sports, is a lifestyle. The audience can expect to be introduced to 8 prominent characters from the kayaking world while they describe some of their most memorable achievements and tragedies over their past 2 years of kayaking. While there is a great focus on pushing the limits on what is possible in a kayak, there is also some deeper focus into lending a helping hand where its needed. Kayaking is meant to be fun and that is the overall theme, but I don’t want to spoil it alllll so get a copy.
Shasta Boyz first film set the bar high. What motivated you to push the limits this time around?
Wet Dreams has a much different style but since there was such a positive response to it I wanted to give er’ another shot. I think the motivation came from the myself and the boyz having mountains of footage sitting around and it needed a home, so after a little more than 7 months we gots it a home.
Describe SWW in three words…
Mothers love us.
Everyone knows a proper soundtrack is key. What can we expect to hear as we watch you and your crew huck yourselves?
The vibe of the film is clearly set by the music. I was extremely fortunate to work with some talented artists/producers primarily out of the Bay Area and Sac-town. Nima Fadavi Beats, Ras Matthew, Wisdom Creations, Alexander Spit, Rey Resurrection, Oso Negro, plus many more, all throw down some fuego that set the stage for some big drop hucking.
8 Different athletes. 8 Different styles. How did you balance everyone’s part in the flick?
That was kind of the big question as I was putting the film together and I wasn’t very clear on how to answer it. Now looking back I think that the athletes themselves blended the film together, along with a narrative that comes from athlete commentary on how each others feats had been seen from different perspectives. Slippery When Wet only really worked because everyone in the film are good friends and there was a large collaboration on footage.
Making a film can be both a delight and a nightmare process at the same time. Regardless, what’s one of your favorite takeaways from SWW?
Well apart from it be finished I would say that having the opportunity to share our stories with people is what its all about. It is a tough time in our world right now and I feel extremely fortunate to be able to live the way I do. Looking back I think that the small amount of relief work our team was able to do in Japan was what made the film for me, I suggest everyone adds Japan to their bucket list.
So, where the $#!% can we get a copy?
Buy dem thangs here through PayPal Buy yo!
Any plans for A Slippery When Wet premier tour… perhaps complete with groupies?
A tour is in works no doubt. I just moved back to Santa Cruz and will be attending UCSC this fall, so gonna have to take it one step at a time. So far West Coast is in the books but stay posted to shastaboyz.com for all the tour details. Wherever there is packs of dirtbag kayakers no doubt there will be groupies! Just probably not the type of groupies you have in mind.
For those that may not know who you are, kindly introduce yourself and give us a sentence or two about whatcha do.
Gday. My names Nick Saxon. Im a solo Singer/songwriter from Newcastle, Australia.
You’re a travelin’ man. What drove you to want to explore Indo?
Firstly the waves, Indo has world class quality breaks. Then after my 1st visit, the culture really grabbed me. I fell in love with the people there, how happy they are regardless of there living conditions. We sure can learn a lot from them. Not to mention the climate and the food.. amazing!
Describe Indonesia in three words…
The place in 3 words? Warm, Barrels & Bintang!
Describe your music in three words…
Have a listen! :)
What makes you smile most about a place like Indonesia?
The people smiling. Everywhere you go, they are smiling, Kids will high 5 you on the way to school, bare feet and dirty, there’s not a worry in the world.
The place is known for incredible surf. Get any waves?
We got surf! Some amazing right-handers at Lacerations, in Nusa Lembogan, & Playgrounds which is the left-hander there. But my favourite, & I think any one would agree, was Desert Point in Lombok. Hands down the best left I have ever surfed, and probably ever will. But to surf such a gift, you usually pay a fee. I donated some of my skin off my arm when I got clipped onto the dry reef.
How does a place like that inspire your music?
Indonesia inspires my music like every country I visit. Each place totally different from the last. Indo gave me a feeling of humbleness. A sense of being grateful for everything I have. I didn’t have my guitar there, but I wrote some lyrics on a napkin when I was watching the sunset on low tide. It was epic.
You shoot your own videos on trips. What that’s like?
Yes I shoot all my own footage, and edit it after. I love it. I remember watching the surf doco “Thicker Than Water” by Jack Johnson, & films By the Malloys.. And I thought, I want to do that! How they capture and create emotions with images combined with the music…It’s a beautiful thing.
What are some of your biggest takeaways from the trip, you know, the things that stay with you even when you’re long gone?
The friendships & memories. Those golden moments In life that automatically burn into your mind and make you smile every time you think of them. Whether its standing tall in a clean barrel with the reef flashing under your board, giving high fives with the locals, Getting stuck at immigration, or trying to find your scooter because your too hung over… Good or bad, they can always bring a smile to your face.
Take us with you next time?
For sure! Next time I’ll fit as many of you as I can in my board bag :)
So, what’s next?
South America next week With National Geographic. Peru, Galapagos & Ecuador. I can’t wait!
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