Margies Moment with Mark Richards
Photos by Russell Ord
Last week, photographer Russell Ord went behind-the-scenes with film-makers Darren McCagh and Ryan Moss, as they spent some quality time with surf legend Mark Richards. We asked Darren a few questions about the video series.
Can you tell us a little about the Extraordinary Margies Moments videos, and the idea behind them?
A lot of surfers feel some kind of connection to this region, whether it be the power and rawness of the waves, the feeing of isolation that draws them here, or a history associated with competing in the events in the past. We try to explore/capture those moments in time that resonate with them and bring out that genuine passion for the region. It’s an incredible part of the world and through their experiences we try to define it.
With the Mark Richards video, what did you guys get up to?
Mark hadn’t been back to the area since his loss to Occy in the final of the first Margaret River Pro in ’85, so we took him and his wife Jenny on a little scenic tour to experience the region that he’d competed in, but had never really seen. We started at Contos before heading to Boranup Forest where they were genuinely blown away by the beauty and feeling of isolation. Ordy then took us to visit ‘Skip’ (Phillip Wood), a local board collector who had the most incredible array of boards including a couple of Mark’s from back in the day. You couldn’t get the smile off of his face as he begun pulling boards out one after the other, reminiscing about the days those boards were built and taking photos to pass on to the shapers he knew. Afterwards we kicked back at the home of Leeuwin Estate’s Head Chef Dany Angove to enjoy a bbq lunch of local marron found only in the South West of WA.
Pretty random day really.
What are some of the others you’ve done this week?
We had a day with Martin Potter and a few crew that included Rosy Hodge and Keanu Asing. It was a pretty behind the scenes kind of day where we caught up with big wave charger and winemaker Damon Eastaugh of Flying Fish Cove, who showed us through the process of winemaking. Everyone got pretty hands on with the crushing of grapes which was a pretty cool experience.
I had some footage from a crazy day at Wyadup 2 years ago that I hadn’t released. A northerly swell hit the coast as a result of Cyclone Bianca in the NW which produced pumping surf. Locals Taj Burrow, Jay Davies, and Dino Adrian got some amazing barrels at a location that’s usually a solid close-out. Caught up with Taj to chat about the magic of those days when all the conditions align and you end up getting some of the waves of your life.
The last clip showed the faces of Margaret River and what this place meant to them. Locals, thrown in with workers around the event, together with pro’s. Gave you a bit of insight into the different characters that are drawn to the event and the area.
You guys have a crazy turnaround time to produce these videos, can you tell me about the team behind them and what it takes to get the job done.
Myself and Ryan Moss filmed and edited the 4 clips. Surfing WA’s Mark Lane was behind the concept, and Ordy connected us with some of the locals and came a long to shoot with Mark Richards. It can get pretty hectic when you basically have to film and edit each one in a day and most the time you don’t really know what/or who you’ll be filming till that morning. A lot of things don’t go to plan so you have to adapt on the spot and try and come up with a story or concept to make it work. That’s probably the hardest part I think. You have a visual and a plan of attack and then things don’t really pan out the way you want them too.
Ryan’s an incredible talent from California, so his input was invaluable, and Laney was always there to make sure things were organised as best he could. He has a lot of faith in us to produce what he wants and leaves us to our own devices which is a great thing. Surfing WA’s been great to me over the years’ that’s for sure.
Highlight of the week?
I’d have to say rocking up to Skip’s house and seeing that collection of boards and listening to Mark and Skip talking about the history of them all. They were both so stoked to be there in that moment and that radiated throughout the room. 4 time world champ and Australia’s most influential surfer giggling like a school girl was priceless to witness and be a part of.
Thanks mate. Much appreciated and great work. Check out the Mark Richards Margies Moment right here!
See more of Darren’s work at Boardriders Spektrum.
And catch the rest of the Extraordinary Margies Moments at Surfing WA‘s vimeo channel.