KSB Collective followed Thomas Traversa to the wave at Rinlo in Galicia. They filmed Thomas from the water, from the air and from land. The result is a fantastic video with extreme wave action in front of threatening rocks. 28 knots of side offshore wind and a 5 meter swell with 18 seconds is what Thomas really likes.
In addition we caught up with Greg from KSB Production for more info about the making of the video.
Thomas Traversa rides the wave of Rinlo in Galicia – a film by KSB productions
Directing & edit: Greg Scherpe
Camera: Martin Keruzoré, Greg Scherpe
Image drone: Martin Keruzoré
Water Shots: Pierre Bouras
Interview with Greg Scherpe from KSB Collective:
Continentseven: What was your motivation to produce that video?
Greg Scherpe: Thomas contacted Pierre Bouras considering there was a window to probably be able to ride Illa Pancha (Galicia’s big wave). From that point Pierre told to Martin Keruzoré and myself – knowing we were open to do a new KSB Collective video like in the good old time – that we were pretty free at that moment. Adding the fact that we wanted to produce something already for a long time with Thomas, the occasion was perfect.
C7: How much footage (in Gbyte) did you collect before you started to edit?
Greg: 451 Gbytes
C7: Was it hard to film in that conditions?
Greg: Hard to film, I can’t say that. What I can say is that many things came to add problems to the trip. First it was a last minute decision without time to organize anything. Then Portugal turned to a full lockdown, then the big wave riders couldn’t go in the water in Nazare so they all arrived in Illa Pancha, guys like Lucas Chumbo or Andrew Cotton, which mean 6 or 7 jet-skis in the water and a low probability to take waves even if the guys were nice and said come on guys no problem to ride with us. But the swell was too westerly anyways for Illa Pancha in the end, so Thomas said that Rinlo, which is located a few kilometers away, should be great and indeed it was more than that. Another issue was that Pierre had to shoot the arrival of Armel Tripon finishing the Vendée Globe. Armel was waiting to round the Cap Finisterre after our storm to avoid risk for his boat, which would have been perfect for our timing. But after months in the ocean he couldn’t wait in the hard weather conditions, so he did it one day earlier what meant for us, no more Pierre Bouras, no jetski rescue and no shooting point of view.
C7: Did you know the spot before you arrived at the spot?
Greg: No I didn’t, but Pierre and Thomas did as they came there one year ago.
C7: Was the weather extreme (cold, rain)?
Greg: I wouldn’t say the weather was extreme as extreme is for me like on a Red Bull Storm Chase. No, it was more extreme for Thomas. The access to the wave is something pretty tricky. And the waves break very close to the shore, which consists of gnarly rocks only. Then there’s a no wind area where you shouldn’t mess up and crash. The spot is crazy by the way as it changed in less than an hour. It needs a great skill level only to think about launching there.
C7: Is Thomas one of the riders you like to work with?
Greg: Yes, Thomas was definitely a rider I wanted to do something with. Probably not in that super fast trip condition without any organisation (laugh). But I’m happy we did it.
C7: Any new projects planned?
Greg: Yes. I have some kind of plans or projects, but I’m not sure from now if I will go for them. It takes a lot of time and energy in shooting and 100 times even more in editing (a month). And at the end you get proposals for discounts from sponsors. So I’m a bit lazy to make promotions with any recognition at the end when even a T-shirt would be just nice to say, thanks guy for your nice video as we didn’t wait for money as we didn’t contact anybody before due to the short timing.
C7: Thanks for your answers and work you put into those windsurfing videos.