KW VIDEOS OF THE YEAR:
ALWAYS SUNNY IN RIO
A KITE VIDEO WITH RENO REMEU, JEROME CLOETENS & NOE FONT A KNOT FUTURE VIDEO
Words: Jim Gaunt
“It’s the year 2019. Global pandemics are a thing from the movies and the whole world is only a plane away.” narrates Noé Font, who both stars in and edited this film. In the interview below he reveals that it took him, on and off, a year to complete. He blames a lot of that on the mess of Covid, quarantining, etc. but the truth is probably that he was just working on channelling his inner Ray Liotta. Warm and nostalgic in tone, yet with a streak of mean business intonation, Noé nails Henry Hill. This movie had me hooked from the first words, because when I watched it on release back in May, I knew we were watching a movie that was fresh and referenced the global troubles of our present day, yet was clearly shot pre-Covid as I recognised the team were all on the previous season’s gear. Sacrilege to the marketing budget. Who’s cool enough to do that these days? Wise guys, that's who. If you’re not sucked into the whole 14 minute movie after watching the intro, I’ll chop my own finger off, mob boss style. It’s a work of art; consistent with all the videos that Noé puts the collaborative Knot Futures creative team name to. Unlike many Scorcese movies, the hook here isn’t bloody revenge. It revolves around Noé and Jerome Cloetens heading out to visit their Duotone teammate, Reno Romeu, in Rio de Janeiro. The twist is that they’ve been contracted by Duotone to produce a riding video, but it just keeps raining. “Feels like Canada this shit” Reno complains. And he didn’t even have to travel to get there. Imagine the Oscar winning moping from the other two. It’s top notch. The hard drives were packed with content by another master camera craftsman, Vincent Bergeron, who did the bulk of the shooting and also contributed feedback and ideas in post production. The volume of cuts in the edit is insane. Throughout the video your eye is always drawn in to the next frame, whether it’s an abstract slice of Rio life or a full bore freestyle huck. There’s never a misplaced visual or a clip that runs even just a fraction too long. This isn’t just a freestyle video, either. Five minutes in, we get to see another of my favourite riders, Sebastian Ribeiro, tearing up his home city breaks. The whip in his backside lip crack is just incredible and it turns out Jerome and Noé shred on surf sticks, too. I’ve been lucky enough to kite in and around Rio’s varied terrain and, although they’ll tell you they didn’t land the tricks they wanted, this video shows a group of riders with an enviable flair to rip the conditions in front of them. Mostly in the rain. If I had to choose just one video as my favourite of the year, it would probably be this one. Looking at the YouTube stats, I can’t quite believe it only has 7,300 views. When an absolute diamond like this somehow slips under so many people’s radar, it’s obvious we’re all just finding it hard to navigate the gyres of visual waste that’s out there, lapping relentlessly up against our ‘watch next’ filters. You gotta watch this one. It’s packed with Good Fellas, after all!
INTERVIEW WITH NOÉ FONT AND VINCENT BERGERON
Who came up with the idea for the video? NF: The best stories come when you go on adventures and put yourself out there. That’s what we did and made a movie about it. Otherwise it would have been another boring video about how wonderful it is to kiteboard in paradise. How long did it take to edit the video? NF: It was the longest edit ever. I didn’t really feel like editing it for a long time and with Covid, quarantines and the whole mess, it didn’t come together until over a year after the trip. I wasn’t editing it the whole time, but it was on and off for about a year I would say. How long was the duration of the shoot? NF: We were in Rio for three weeks. What camera gear did you use? VB: Panasonic GH5, 8mm film camera, Red Raven and a super dope / very old first generation Canon camera that can shoot 420p with sound. It was epic and is my new favourite camera – so simple, so low-fi, so small! What were the biggest challenges, and how did you work around them? VB: The rain. Soooo much rain. 19 days of rain, the wind was very light, gusty and the forecast didn’t work at all. Also, the waves were so small a lot of the time. It was a challenge to keep the boys motivated as they couldn’t land any of the tricks they wanted to do. We also only took shorty suits, which was a huge mistake. The water in Rio can be very cold! Best memory from the shoot? NF: It’s probably when we were about to leave Arubinha because the wind dropped and it was raining a lot. Right before we got in the car we felt the wind pick up and Vinny pushed us to get back out and finish the day with a banger session with lots of tricks! VB: Near the end of the trip on a no wind day we decided to go and shoot some b-roll of Rio’s signature Christ statue on the Corcovado mountain. It was super rainy and so cloudy that, even though we were right next to it, we couldn’t see the statue at all. We laughed so much and it definitely sealed the idea that the video wouldn’t be the typical, sunny vibe we were hoping for before the trip.