Riptide Presents: Who Cares?

Kim Feast tells us why you should care less and surf more

select_logoWest Australian dropknee soldier, Riptide issue 203 cover star, and all-round creative bloke, Kim Feast, thinks it is time to ditch the act and shred more.

We teamed up with Feasty to present a new web series, which looks at the core of bodyboarding: catching waves and having fun with your friends.

And it looks damn exciting.

We caught up with Feasty to find out more about the concept behind the Who Cares series.

What is Who Cares

It’s kind of open-ended. it’s just a collection of videos pieced together at the end of the day, but there can be many ways to look at the title depending on what your view of the world is. A major premise is, who cares what you’re riding if you’re doing it well, respecting others and having fun. There are layers below that but at its core is just friends surfing great waves together and then working with what the videographers chose to look at through their camera in those sessions.

When this West Oz wedge turns on, Feasty is usually onto it.

Where was it filmed? 

A lot of exploring around home here in Western Australia, California, Yosemite and a drive from Townsville back to W.A across the bottom of Australia

Over how long was it filmed?

Well, it has taken me three years to go, “okay, I’ll put this together,” so…Three years?

Who are the riders involved? 

Lewy Finnegan, Creed Mctaggart, George Humphreys, Jerome Forrest, Davis Blackwell, Ben Veitch, Damien Martin, Jay Baddock, Paul Iskov, Rush Wepiha and Merlyn Moon

No fins, no tow assistance, just Feasty charging at The Box like it is a stroll in the park.

Why did you want to make this series? 

I had wanted to make it since the last one as we had documented bits of my recovery from neck injury and a trip to the FOUND factory to try and shape some new prototype boards. Then getting back in the water this Summer and Autumn doing the FSB world tour leg meant I really had a lot of content, easily enough. Working with Tom Jennings, James Strickland and Rex Nink-Mowday, the footage quality is inspiring to want to assemble together something cool.

Did anything else inspire you?

My experiences this year have for sure. Chasing waves with Lewy (Finnegan), George (Humphreys) and Davis (Blackwell) is epic. they all go so hard and motivate me a lot. I also got to spend a few weeks here at home with John John (Florence), Albee Layer, Matt Meola and Bruce Irons who were here to film for A View From a Blue Moon, along with Chris Gurney, Erik Knutson who travels and films John John full-time, then Chris Bryan and even Brian Beilman the legendary photographer was there.

To see the process of what will be a very crazy movie; the work ethic from the documentation of both film and photograph alongside how hard the athletes were pushing themselves in the ocean was a really insane experience. Combine that with the major surf film releases and Tom Jennings and James Strickland’s work, then there is a lot of high-level content to look at and draw inspiration from. 

Kim Feast barrel sequence.

Was there any end goal with the project, and what do you hope people will take away from it all?

That’s a really hard question to answer given the current context of bodyboarding. it depends on your attitude and perception because in terms of bodyboarding: the sport’s fucked. People need to open their eyes and look. personally I’ve watched myself and the mode of riding I fell in love get segregated. I was nearly shunned from the sport, cutting off sponsorship opportunities and, in turn, the opportunity to take my riding further and challenge the level of what is possible.

Keeping in mind that this is amongst 20 years of being involved in almost every aspect of the (bodyboarding) industry and sport. So when you turn around and look at that as an experience, it is very easy to assume a negative mind space. But at the end of the day we didn’t start this so called sport as a young child caring about the outcome down the track; we didn’t care, we did it because we love it. Come full circle now and it is back to that. That idea of who cares, who cares what you ride. who cares about the rivalry between other people who choose to ride different crafts. Who cares about anything? And how does an end goal fit in if you don’t care? and that is just it. The end goal is infinite almost because we are talking about coexistence on one hand, and the growing number of surfers on the other.

Conflicts arise as different crafts are able to catch waves in different ways, but we started this for fun. So hopefully if anyone takes anything out of it: It’s that who cares, just go have fun. Respect those around you and push your own limits and see what is possible for yourself. At the end of this, you will have some incredible experiences to look back on.