Friday, August 24, 2007


Over the past few months we've been busily working on MusicaSurfica. The edit is coming together, and a second stage of filming is coming up on the north coast of NSW.

This little snippet gives a taste of two forms of virtuosity. Richard Tognetti and Satu Vanska on violin, and Derek Hynd surfing finless at a variety of breaks on King Island. It's shot in wide screen format so YouTube has done a bit of a squish, but I'm sure you'll get the drift.

Performed in the the Old King Island Dairy, the piece featured is the pizzicato from Pagannini's Caprice 24. Richard picks holes in his playing here, but keep in mind he'd been surfing for 8 hours this day, as had Satu, and he had also face planted the bottom, hence a rather red forehead and nose. I think they did pretty well, all things considered.

And keep an eye out for the chap in the audience at the end... it's the infamous Wire, first surfer on King Island, and guardian of all its secrets.


Alan_M said...

Is there nothing that Derek can't surf? Brilliant!
Nice work Mick.

marina said...


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However, my young adult book ‘Turtle Feet, Surfer’s Beat’ is only a small part of what I’m trying to build. The book itself revolves around a typical suburban teen girl, Penelope, from the States that is forced to go to Costa Rica with her parents for her father’s job assignment. Involuntarily, her parents sign up Penelope and her little brother to spend two weeks at the Leatherback turtle biological station (for ‘their own good’). Penelope, obviously isn’t pleased but forgives the horrid accommodations and the never ending bug brigade as she sees the turtle and instantly pledges to do all she can to help it from extinction. But hang ten, dudes! Penelope is about to get help. One lonely night, as she’s patrolling the beach for turtle poachers she stumbles and falls directly into the arms of the local surf champ. Together they dive into the world of surfing and marine preservation.

These days, we are constantly facing global problems that seem to be getting worse and worse daily. Living in Costa Rica, I’ve been inspired to take action. I started by writing this book and am now developing a community of teens, surfers, artists, scientist, and everyone else who is interested in working together to have fun while helping out.

I would love to join forces with you and your readers in a fun, interactive way. I will gladly write a post about your blog (and whatever you will like to plug:), plus a link with your blog to my website and blog, in return for a review of my book and/or small interview.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon. I can get a copy out to you ASAP.
Thanks so much,

pushingtide said...

Amazing stuff Safe. When that violin hits as Hynd is doing his incredible fluid spins I got goosebumps. Right on!

Gazelle said...


Those 360's blew my mind.

Abraham Hyatt said...

Absolutely phenomenal. Wow.

Chum said...

So inspiring. Nice one Mick.

seamouse said...


Some stunning stuff right there mick.
loking forward to the next little taster.

Patch said...

Full-on culture all the way around! I wish I could see both (surfing and music) in person.

clayfin said...

Mick, you and your mates have a real winner shaping up, a future classic I'll bet. Wouldn't it be nice if more surf videos had some classical music added in?

Beach Bum said...

I just showed my aspiring 9 year old surfer that clip of the 360's. Fandabydosey!!

Gum said...

I've bee trying on your Xmas posting but I'm afraid my comment didn't pass through. Let's make another try here!

Jason said...

Bravo. Agree with Pushingtide; the music combined with Derek's surfing give me chills (and it's goddamn 86 degrees here!). This looks like it will be brilliant, and I can't wait to see the finished product.