I thought it might be a bit stupid by starting with the question what is wakeboarding?
For Devon Nassif, Nick Burton-Moore, Dylan Mitchell and Ryan Whitelaw, wakeboarding plays quite a large role in their lifestyle.
Tropical Roast is a personification of the South African wakeboarding community, directly focused on the Tropical Roast Crew consisting of: Devon, Nick, Dylan and Ryan. Misverstand Dam plays host to the Crew whenever the weekend plans are made to journey up the west coast of South Africa and live in a Tropical Paradise where the water is always warm and the beers are always cold. Director, Marc Whitelaw has been living the Tropical Dream for a few years now and has bared witness to the hilarious antics and athletic finesse of Ryan, Nick and Dylan.
2011 brings in a new era as Devon Nassif joins the ranks from Johannesburg for the filming of Tropical Roast, a 10 to 15 minute short film inspired by the Whitelaw Brothers. On the 23rd of March 2011 the 12-man crew arrived at Misverstand Dam to begin an intensive 5-day film shoot. At this point I’d like to thank Monster Energy for keeping us going during the five 20 hour days.
The energy in and around the water exploded every morning at 5.30 am as the Tropical Roast crew prepared the boats and warmed up the cameras. Each day was split into 2 and sometimes 3 sessions of wakeboarding which gave the film crew enough time to get shots from an assortment of different angles. After reviewing the high-speed footage captured on the morning of the first day everyone’s eagerness was undeniable with Dylan Mitchell landing a new trick everyday for the duration of the shoot. The camaraderie between everyone was amazing; each rider pushing one another to their maximum potential truly is a beautiful thing to capture. A vast selection of toys including: jet ski’s, high speed cameras, underwater housings, smoke bombs and a micro light were all at hand for the crew in order to maximize the projects outcome.
The first double back roll to be landed in South Africa was also attempted on the last day but by then the challenging conditions and over crowded river took its toll.
With the riders pushing their limits and the film makers aspiring to get the best shots, Tropical Roast was a huge success and amazing to be apart of.
So if you don’t know what wakeboarding is… you are about to find out.
This feature is a Break Your Crayons production. All details about the premiere will be announced on their Facebook page. So follow this link hit “like” and keep it Tropical.