Surf movie is 'going somewhere'
ADAM Melling's trek to next year’s ASP world surfing tour has been a lengthy ordeal.
In fact, the 24-year-old Lennox Head surfer has spent more than half his life qualifying for the tour, and along the way the trek has been shadowed by fellow Lennox Head surfers James Wood and Stuart Kennedy.
Despite some good results on the WQS tour in recent years, Wood and Kennedy just failed to follow Melling into the big league and will take on the ranks of the qualifying series again next year.
The path of the three young Lennox surfers chasing careers on the professional circuit has now been featured in a new surfing movie to be premiered in Ballina on Saturday night.
No Where Going Somewhere has been filmed and produced by Lennox Head’s Marcus Baker, and is already touted for showing around Australia and in the United States and Japan.
It features local breaks from Yamba to the Gold Coast, but more importantly it chronicles the rise of the three young Lennox surfers over a path of 12 years with all of the old footage converted by Baker to digital in the 55-minute showpiece.
A lot of the 30-minute footage featuring Melling, Wood and Kennedy are free-surfing shots recorded by Baker as promotional and feature pieces as the young trio sought sponsorship deals.
The other major portion of No Where Going Somewhere was shot at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa last year and shows Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Byron Bay’s Danny Wills in lead-up and competition takes of the ASP tour event when Slater relegated Fanning to second place.
It is the eighth movie made by the self-taught Baker under the banner of his On Rail Video production company in 12 years, a career path he adopted while laid up with serious neck injuries after hitting his head on rocks in a major wipeout at Lennox Point.
“It was a close call that compressed two vertebrae and left me incapacitated for two years,” said Baker, who has lived at Lennox Head for the last 30 years.
“It wasn’t until two days after landing head-first onto the rocks that my body succumbed to the extent of the injuries, and I’ve only just got back onto my board in recent years.
“The up-side to the injury is a film such as this.
“It will be appraised on Saturday night and where it goes from there will remain to be seen.”
Saturday night’s premiere at the Ballina RSL will be staged as a fundraiser with the admission of $5 (adult), $3 (children) and $10 (family) going to Lennox National Surfing Reserve Australia.