Wade Carroll: Young, Free, Alright!

7 Mar 2014 1 Share

The Rad and Creative Youth of Australian Surfing
Presented by Arnette

Interview by Dan Caban

Wade Carroll fits all the stereotypes of a surf-stoked teenager. He's a creative, energetic and digs making junk with his best mate. However not all teenagers are one of the best young surf-filmmakers in Australia, and their best mate one of the country's prodigies - that’s the mix that Wade has and he isn't letting it go.

CW: So, Wade, how did you initially get into filmmaking?

WC: I have been into the whole creative side of life from a young age; surfing, skating, drawing and just having a hell time. I have always had this thing for taking photos, but one Christmas I got a camera that recorded in HD and I started filming my mates surfing and I love it.

And it’s just progressed from there?

Well yeah I’ve just stuck with it and everything’s working out pretty well for me. I’m lucky that where I’m from has produced some really good surfers and the waves are mental.

How old were you at that stage?

When I started filming I was roughly 15.

Do you remember your first camera?

My first camera was a little digital Fujifilm, it was pretty cool. I’m actually going to try find it when I get home (laughs).

What equipment are you currently shooting with? 

I currently shoot with a 5D but looking at some higher end gear.

I love the use of the voiceover in Mikey Wright’s clip, something rad and different, care to elaborate?

Yeah I like that kinda thing, I was playing around with 3 or 4 different audios, put them together  over the intro and made it flow into the soundtrack, it worked out sounding better than I thought it would.

Do you have your favourite surfers to shoot with?

Of course shooting with friends is always the most fun, I work for one of my best mates Mikey Wright which is mental, when we are travelling filming and doing what we love, It feels wrong when I relate to it as work (laughs).

Where do you draw inspiration from?

When I first started filmmaking I used to get a lot of ideas from surf films but lately I have been inspired by skate films and music videos more so than surf films.

Which filmers influence you?

Kai Neville has always been my biggest influence, his movies are on another level. Also Riley Blakeway always comes up with some treasure. Apart from them I actually love it when the guys my age produce cool clips, guys like Dane Singleton and Luka Raubenheimer.

What do you love and hate about surfing?

There's not much to hate about surfing, it’s a pretty unique way of life, there's not much that can compare to it really. Obviously as a grom the lids got on my nerve.. you know how it is.

What was school life like for you?

I finished year 12 last year, there’s not much good to tell you about my school life. I'm glad I finished though, there were times when I just wanted to ditch, I missed out on a few opportunities because of it but that’s life hey. 

And what’s the plan for now, do you want to complete a University course or something like that? 

Since school finished I haven't been around home much, I've just been travelling with Mikey filming and having fun. No plans on studying at the moment. I'll see what happens.

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Young, Free, Alright! is a fortnightly editorial series presented by Coastalwatch and Arnette showcasing and profiling young and up-and-coming photographers, filmmakers, bloggers, artists, musicians, shapers, surfers or whatevers that we've been digging. The rad and creative groms of Australian surfing. Alright!

To see more videos from Wade Carroll check out his vimeo page.

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