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Words: Jim Gaunt Images and video: Vincent Bergeron

If Lad Bible made a video filled with female shredders, they would try to do it like this. “Beer for breakfast.” chirps up this year’s voracious vlogger, Pippa van Iersel, in her playful raspy Dutch tone from the catamaran’s cockpit. Released in March by Duotone for International Women’s Day, Vincent Bergeron cut this edit together for non-stop impact to rock your retinas. Carroll, Novotna, Whitely, van Iersel and Bagnoli shred and crash hard. If you’re in any doubt as to the dedication to improvement within the female crews, you won’t be anymore. ‘Sick video! But kinda feels like an endless intro :)’ is the top comment on YouTube. Perhaps... but often the intros are the best bit. Strap in and hold on, this is a drop! Interview with Vincent below, who reveals the many challenges in the shoot and production.

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INTERVIEW WITH VINCENT BERGERON

Who came up with the idea for the video? Colleen initiated the project and wanted to do a sort of ‘Sum of 5’ take two (Sum of 5 was a women’s video that we did the year before in Egypt). She managed the $ with the Duotone team manager, found the locations, the riders, the boat and helped coordination during the shoot. I was in charge of the script / shooting / editing, so decided to do something raw, in contrast to our previous video. I also didn’t want it to look too girly, or too perfectly Caribbean. Many teams have done Caribbean videos, especially around Union Island, so I tried to avoid any regular location and obvious cliché shots of that area as much as possible. How long was the shoot? Two weeks. How long did it take to edit the video? Way too long. Maybe around 333 hours spread over seven or eight months! A few days after the trip the world was hit by Covid-19, so I was suddenly busy with family matters, AKA: kids’ nursery closure, so I didn’t have the time or inspiration to edit. Anyway, I shot so much footage and so many photos! It wasn’t that windy but there was always a light breeze, so we were able to shoot non-stop hot tricks. It took many hours to find the best of the best from all that footage and then I made a rookie mistake; due to music infringement, I had to redo the entire edit. Once finished with the first edit, we decided with the Duotone guys that it would be safer to change all the music. That meant all the cuts were off and the scripts needed to be modified to fit the new music’s mood. That process was a pain in the ass! Best memory from the shoot? The girls and I were playing a game after dinner where you had to challenge someone to do something worse. Hannah and I were playing against each other. I started by licking my dirty shoes. I did a very big lick, so Hannah was desperate to do something worse and decided to go lick the toilet bowl seat. So funny and so gross! Other than that, we found so many gorgeous locations, everyone was mellow and the atmosphere with the boat crew was so cool. Definitely a good vibes only type of trip. Being with such a positives group of girls and athletes WAS my highlight, though! How much camera gear did you take? So much, as I was in charge of both photos and video. My warehousing started to leak on the first day and I couldn’t get a replacement part in time, which was very sad, though. What were the biggest challenges of the shoot and how did you work around them? Finding the right balance of tricks and funny moments, while also providing equal exposure for all five riders. Shooting a big group is challenging as all the riders want to look good in front of the camera and I also needed to keep the movie sponsor’s happy. When I showed them all the first part of the initial draft idea, I was afraid they’d think it was too weirdo and not representative of what would be anticipated for a video of pro kiteboarding women on a boat in the Caribbean. Luckily, everyone embraced the direction! Also, I have to say that working post-production with this kind of footage at the start of the pandemic, with all the lockdowns, felt very, very weird and inappropriate. It took me a while before I found some inspiration.

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