ONE CLIP AWAY
Hawaii is the ultimate proving ground for any competitive surfer. The North Shore the mecca, Pipeline the mountain. To get a wave out there takes patience, skill, and the art of observation. Sunny Garcia recently remarked that Kelly Slater had been coming to the North Shore since he was twelve. No wonder he has won seven Pipe Masters.
Fifteen year old Riley Laing took to the North Shore with pal and filmmaker Owen Milne with those pipe dreams in mind. The Central Coast duo were there to climb the pecking order that is no more omnipresent than on the North Shore. Riley charged solid Waimea for the first time and Owen nailed a 'Black Friday' clip that went viral. The relationship of a surfer/filmmaker partnership is unique especially when one good clip can launch your career.
Describe your first impressions of the North Shore?
Owen: Simply shocked, I couldn't believe how close and how perfect the whole North Shore was, it was like it has been pieced together by a surfing god.
Riley: It was so sick to be on the North Shore were all the best surfers and biggest companies come for six weeks to surf in and watch the triple crown on just a little stretch of sand.
How important do you feel it is to ‘make it’ in Hawaii as a surfer or filmmaker?
Owen Milne: I felt relieved to even make it to Hawaii after watching back to back years of pumping waves on the internet. To be there with one of the best up and coming groms with my camera in hand was truly a 'Hawaiian Dream.’
Riley: As a surfer it is really important to make it in Hawaii because it is the proving ground for charging big waves and surfing good in small waves as the whole surfing community is there watching.
Check out the full interview at tracksmag.com
Owen logging some time and respect at Rocky Point. Photo by Scott Laing. Here is a short Motion Reel Owen Milne put together with his 2013 best moments including our boy Riley Laing, check it out!