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A Project with PicoPix – Philips

A few months back I had a Skype meeting with the guys at Sagemcom, it was one of the phone calls that you don’t believe your having until you have hung up. Talking to the guys behind the new Philips PicoPix projectors about how they would like to use Kiteboarding as the basis for a PicoPix video. Asking me over the crackle of the line weather I could make this happen. Well, naturally I said yes! So, with a vague idea of what they might want, I planned a trip out to Fuerteventura in the Canary islands alongside Sophie Mathews from BeBeach.com so that we could construct a campaign around the PicoPix product and give it a thorough testing.

One thing is to be part of a Campaign like this and another is to be left to your own discretion and have full influence on the production. Quite daunting I have to say, however if there is one thing that annoys me, it would be when large brands enter a small industry like Kiteboarding and try to make it their own. This was completely the opposite. To ensure that PicoPix would have a legitimate association with the sport at a Core level, they set a loose brief, open to interpretation and able to be alined with what happens day to day on a Kite trip. This is an example of a large, sensitive brand that is genuinely creating products that they believe in that work in every day situations!

Check out the picopix site for more information on these tiny pocket projectors that allow you to share your experiences at the touch of a button!

 

 

North Kiteboarding, ION, Snugs Headphones, GoPro, Gybe Design, WightLink

The Confines of a Camera…

So recently the Xtreme network have done a mashup of my video’s over the past year for their youtube channel. It is strange when someone else takes your footage and then puts their cut into it and adds their ideas. Its almost like seeing the footage for the first time and although they have taken a lot of the female scenes out of context, it is awesome to see the good times that have passed and what has gone into all of the video productions on my Youtube channel. For me, making videos has always been something that I have done because I love it, things that happen around me can be turned into stories and scenes can be created to fit the screen. This is something that I can’t help doing in my head but the confines of a camera allow it to come to life. Seeing ideas come to life will be what keeps me shooting video long into the future!

Here is a collection of shots from my kiteboarding, lifestyle, comedy and instructional video’s that I have put out over the past year (Mash-up by Xtreme Network)… Check out my youtube channel and subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/user/tomcourt4

On another Tack…

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Peter Renssen from Holland. We had spoken about sailing and his idea to create a commercial kite boat that could bridge the gap between then Kiteboarding industry and the Sailing world. A product that would open doors to the realisation that kite power could be the future of sailing. So, after our short chat, he booked a family trip to my home spot on the Isle of Wight and we set about to putting the Kite Tender through its paces!

This is what we got up to:

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Triple-S 2014 and Kiteboarding contests

I am traveling for more and more varied reasons these days, only a few years ago it seems, I was seriously focused on competition and the PKRA world tour, however since completing my last full world tour campaign in 2010 I have been focused on different things. Competition is still at the core of what I do as a kiter, however the time to make it to these events has been getting harder and harder to find. Here is a clip from some behind the scenes action leading up to the Triple-S invitational event out in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina in the USA. Placing 3rd at this contest along with Aaron Hadlow and Sam Light in the Kicker event was definitely a highlight of my year!!

Something a little different – Local Business

Spending a bit of time developing my range of video production over the last few months, with the purchase of a new drone to add to the Ripslix family and combining that with the Sony FS700 for some crisp visuals, it doesn’t only lend itself to action sports videos. Working with some local businesses on the Isle Of Wight and abroad to bring a new spin and some interesting angles to a video for your and your business. Here is a little clip we have recently made for Tapnell Farm on the Isle of Wight, showcasing their variety of accommodations available and the wide range of country living that is on offer on the Tapnell estate…

Have a peek

http://tomsecolodge.com/

http://www.tapnellfarmcottages.com/

http://www.tapnellfarm.com/

 

 

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A weekend at the track – MTB

Spending so much time filming sorts on the water, it was nice to get the opportunity to film something based on land. Here is a little clip from a local MTB enduro race near my home on the Isle of Wight. On the Chevy chase course, riding for six hours straight our local team managed to take 1st place in the team event. Here are some highlights…

 

The passing of time

Nothing quite preserves the passing of time around us like a time-lapse. Over the years I have been to some crazy places, filmed in some of the most unlikely spots and I try to take a time-lapse from all of them. Although ironically, there isn’t always time. Here are a few such lapses, marking a moment as the hours slip away.

 

 

RipSlix, Unique Marketing

My lifestyle as a professional Kiteboarder has opened me up to some amazing places, people and ideas from a young age and my passion has alway been to capture those on camera. Now as I travel, I work along side my sponsors and like minded brands to build a world of unique material including video, photo and editorial (bebeach.com).

Using my busy travel schedule of competitions, brand trips and events to capture and create stories that can be tailored to individual brands or products alike… So weather you want to support me and what I do as a Pro Kiteboarder / Freerider, or you want to create a unique world around your brand or product, then RipSlix and BeBeach can help you do it! Working closely with http://www.bebeach.com to provide a broad spectrum platform of media types for every situation…

Here is a little sneak peek of a ‘Day in Cape Town’ we filmed at the beginning of 2014!

 

 

A long time coming… Freeride Project 2 – A proper kiteboarding movie

So the FreeRide project is a project that we have been working on for a while now. After releasing the first movie at the begging of 2012, it went down so well that after a year out, we decided to come back and try to make number two. After over a year, finally here it is! Tom Court teaming up with fellow pro kiters Sam Light, James Boulding and five time world champ Aaron Hadlow, meeting up during the year at different events and in different countries to film and rider together. After a busy year, we managed to make three major stops with some smaller ones in between, including South Africa, America and Russia.

This is a self filmed, self edited and self produced movie showing our vision of kiteboarding as a sport, how we like to ride and hitting the competitions that we want to support… A no thrills, how it is, proper UK kite movie that shows how we have been rolling for the past few years. To make something original and motivate people to ride rather than getting bogged down in competition…

Sit back. Brew the kettle and enjoy a nice british cup of tea while you watch this 33min Ripslix production… this is kiteboarding!!

 

Behind the scenes MTB in Fuerte

On my latest video to mix things up I will be going a little different on the intro. Having good friend Adam Holleyman out to Fuerteventura for ten days, we took the time to film a decent mountain bike intro… How does it link to kiteboarding? You will have to watch the video ;)

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