The Man & The Sea

10 May 2016 2

COASTALWATCH | Reelers 2016 Winning Short Film

The Man & The Sea

Director/Cinematographer Andrew Kaineder
Editor Jai Rakic
Music Drew Innocend

Free one's board from fins, and truly free one's self.

That's the philosophy of Australia's 'free friction' surfing resurgent Derek Hynd. This inspiring portrait, shot over a three-week period in the winter of 2015 at Jeffrey's Bay, encapsulates perfect harmony of board, ocean, and man. "It's whatever turns you on, whatever makes you happy. That's the essence." 

The Ulladulla local took home his first Reelers award in March at a packed out Sunkissed Bar in Manly. "I feel stoked to win the 2016 Reelers Story category." Said Kaineder after his win. "Derek Hynd was the main inspiration behind my story. It was amazing to meet him at Jeffery's Bay and create this film. We were making the film as a pitch for a totally different project, then Reelers popped up and we decided to enter it, and here we are."

Selflessly, the production team will be putting their winnings back into the sea. "We are going to be splitting it up the prize money and contributing some of the winnings to shark conservation."  

SEE ALSO: Reelers 2016 Winners Announced

"The main focus was on telling a solid story and inspiring educational stories that convey the message that there are people out there trying different things. I've got a few ideas for 2016 in the pipeline. Thanks to Jai the editor and Drew the musician who nailed it the first run round."

Emerging and established filmmakers from all over the world were invited to create a surf movie no longer than three minutes in length and submit it into one of three creative categories. They then were placed in the running to win cash prizes and be judged by the most influential surf movie titans of the past five decades. For some entrants, it was simply the opportunity of having Taylor Steele, Kai Neville and Jack McCoy watching their movie. The opportunity of a lifetime!

Editor of Surfing World Magazine, Vaughan Blakey said of the event. "There are worthy winners all over the place. This year's entries were all-time. The whole experience was again unbelievable. There are so many filmmakers out there, young and old, that are creating the surf films and representing a new generation and it's great to give them a place to showcase their talent in front of three pretty influential judges."

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