Mick Waters from little house productions has sent ST Images his latest film “Little Black Wheels” to check out.The basic concept behind Mick’s latest creation was to pack up his family and head off around Australia in his van. The plan was to go surfing, meet interesting people and film some of our beautiful waves.
He has gone for a home movie feel, but the quality is far from what your uncle Bert would make you sit through after his caravan trip to coober pedy. This one has been well planned with engaging characters, good quality filming and editing with a real honest approach. This is what appealed to me the most.
I picked up a glossy, mainstream surf mag the other day and it was full of impossible 8-10 foot reef slabs, all air brushed to the hilt with “million air” surfers getting slotted. Now I’m not saying it wasn’t entertaining, the pictures were mad to look at and the stories were great, but it wasn’t something that most readers would be able to relate to, or be inspired by. This is where “Little Black Wheels” triumphs, you can feel its honesty and the characters in the film really open up and let you in. I could see myself sharing waves with anyone of the cast on “little black wheels” and having a great time. The waves are mostly from Australia and the variation in board use and styles keeps the surfing looking different throughout the film (this is not a surf movie where 10 different guys ride the same looking 6’1 white thruster covered in stickers) It’s about surfers that just love to go surfing and have made it their main focus in life.
Dave Rastavich has a healthy section in this movie, his fish surfing is as smooth and flowing as ever, you get to see him riding quads, twins, singles and finless boards, there is also a piece in the DVD extras where he talks about each of them.
West Oz free surfer Ry Craike surfing solid Jakes point another highlight for me, killer top to bottom surfing complete with fin wafts and deep tubes.
Kristian Spencer the ultimate crusty seadog. Great little section on Kristian in West Oz, this is a classic outback aussie profile.. catching big fish, big barrels, camping and drinking coopers beer. Mick captured some great water footage of Kristian inside some heavy lefthand barrels.
Former world number 3 surfer Dave Macaulay was one of Mick’s targets. Dave seems to spend most of his time hunting big reef barrels in west oz and supporting his large surfing family to realise their dreams, his eldest daughter looks to be well on her way.
Beau Young, Danny Wills, Mark Healey, Dain Thomas, Mick Hughes and plenty of other underground surfers all feature in the movie as well.
If you are just keen on aerials don’t bother with this film, but if you like watching surfers that know about positioning, barrel riding, hooking roundhouses and flow on a variety of boards this will be right up your alley. It’s a real earthy one!
After watching this film I felt like packing up the van and heading around Australia again. The images of West Oz really got the travel bug biting and one day I may have to start feeding those hungry bugs…. Thanks for the inspiration Mick; your movie has done its job with me.
You can find more out about filmmaker Mick Waters at his website HERE
You can also purchase this film through the VAS Entertainment site by CLICKING HERE
Mick has kindly donated a signed copy of Little Black Wheels to give out to one of our subscribers. I’m gonna make this nice and easy. All you have to do is hit REPLY on any of our daily emails and write “I want that Little Black Wheels DVD” Do it to any of the emails up until next Tuesday (3rd August) and we will randomly draw one of our subscribers as the winner!!!! If you aren’t a subscriber JOIN UP before the end of the week and you are in with a shot.