Rhythm Presents: 'Clutching At Straws' With Elliot Marshall

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posted by James Willmott

Introducing ‘Clutching At Straws’, a short film by Bryce Gage featuring underground Australian charger and Rhythm team rider, Elliot Marshall.

Filmed in and around Elliot’s stomping ground of the New South Wales South Coast, with the exception of a couple of strike missions here and there, Elliot is the embodiment of quiet, coastal Australia. Humble, genuine and willing to throw himself into all manner of daunting aquatic situations.

Watch the clip, be blown away and then read on as we catch up for an exclusive interview with himself and head honcho slash filmer slash producer, Bryce Gage to find out more.

Thanks for catching up guys, how does it feel to finally launch the new clip for Rhythm?
To launch the clip today feels epic, A monkey off the back for sure! We had originally decided to have it done and dusted before we set off to Splendour In The Grass a few weeks back so we could kick the feet up let the hair down guilt free! Turns out we were missing just a couple of finishing touch’s and a few key shots that would help set the scene.

How long did it take to film and put together?
I’d say the first piece of footage was shot back in March on a trip down South and the bulk of it was filmed when we got busy for the months of June/July. As far as throwing the edit together, I stood over Bryce’s shoulder for the hour before he departed for that Splendour trip and he had basically whipped it up then and there.

Elliot, epic surfing legend! You must be stoked with the outcome. What’s your most memorable session from the clip and why?
Cheers mate, much appreciated! I’m really psyched with how it came out. You would think you’d be satisfied after that, instead it has left me a whole lot hungrier to make the next one! Me and Bryce were really keen to have a touch more diversity but Winter down these parts seems to leave you with nothing but Tubes. First world problems! My most memorable session would have to be the one at the end of the clip. It definitely served up some redemption after being dealt a tough hand a year prior. I was behind the wheel for 24 hours straight driving solo to meet up with the boys and the waves just didn’t come to the party. This time round we ended up with a bunch of good mates threading huge caverns sun up to sundown.

Bryce, can you tell us about the equipment used and the process you have to go undergo once all the footage is captured?
There were a few different bodies used as we had a few Film Makers that contributed to the film, ranging from crazy RED setups (definitely not mine) down to oldschool cameras still running on mini dv tapes. Once we had all the footage compiled from the various missions we had the task of culling the rubbish clips, safe to say there was a couple left on the cutting room floor. From there we colour graded and threw all the bangers in a timeline. Surprisingly, Finding a track proved to be the easiest stage of the whole editing process, I have loved local Wollongong dudes “The Walking Who” for a few years now so once Elliot had given them the nod we gave them a run and it just worked from the get go. A couple of clips hit the inbox mid edit which spiced things up, a few little tweaks here and there and we had it polished in a surprisingly short amount of time.

Elliot, growing up on the South Coast has obviously exposed and opened the door for you to charge big waves of all types, eventually resulting with this sick footage. Can you tell us about the different boards used throughout the clip and why some work better than others in different conditions?
I’m lucky enough to have found myself on master craftsmen and all time legend Simon Anderson’s boards and it’s fair to say my surfing wouldn’t have progressed at all if it wasn’t for finding such a solid Shaper.

Growing up in these parts is definitely what keeps surfing interesting for me, you need a really diverse quiver and also a healthy bank account to replenish it. Me and my mates have all been riding our ‘slab’ boards through winter. They have a 2x 6 ounce glass on the deck and 1x 6 ounce on the bottom, When you order one through Onboard Store on the Northern beach’s of Sydney the boys in the shop usually have a good chuckle as to how heavy these things feel compared to a regular shorty but if not, they always end up in an early grave! I’ll always try and ride a rounded pin for a responsive feel and some extra control in hollow waves and have recently had a lot of luck with the 5 fin set up. I’ve made some of the best waves of my life in the last year only due to the down the line speed of the Quad fin. Simon also does this fishy style board I love for moderate waves (5Spark), It is a flat wide performance step-down with a straight rail outline for some easy speed complimented with a swallow tail. I could take that out in almost the junkiest of conditions and still have a blast. His step ups would have to be the pick of the litter though and are well renowned for having the cleanest of lines. Since maturing a bit and throwing down the extra coin to invest in a bunch of bigger boards, the thought of a quality swell popping up isn’t a stressful one anymore and instead of it being a logistical nightmare scratching around for boards to ride, I’m so stoked to see the charts have some size and be ready to rumble. I’m picking up a new 9’6 and 8’2 this week which were the largest boards he has shaped and am crossing my fingers for one of those monster clean Cloudbreak swells.

Last but not least, why the name ‘Clutching At Straws’?
Once we had the majority of the content we needed and the clip was borderline wrapped up we started to notice little bits and pieces that were missing and sessions we had to neglected to collect clips from.