Taj Burrow says, "You did not!!! You little weapon, yes!!"
Yesterday, Narrabeen’s Laura Enever towed ten-to-twelve-foot Shipsterns in Tasmania as part of an upcoming documentary that follows her transition from tour surfer to freesurfer.
Ms Enever, who is twenty six years old, wasn’t exactly planning on grabbing the rope on what was, by all accounts, a serious day, but what are you doing to do when you’ve got a filmer, a photographer, a fuelled-up ski and driver and the skills to negotiate the infamous ledges there?
Steve Wall, the Manly-based photographer famous for his sublime images of Craig Anderson on the NSW South Coast and who is making the documentary, says it will focus on Laura “pushing into the bigger and crazier stuff.”
Wall, who was at Hobart airport when BeachGrit called, describes the film, which is called Undone, as something out of the box, and one that will capture an athlete at a pivotal point in her life – as she moves from competition to squeezing a living out of making surprising, spur-of-the-moment decisions in bigger than usual waves.
“We’ve been chipping away for a couple of months,” says Wall. “That was the first day we shot. Obviously, we came down here not expecting fifteen-foot sets. But Laura ended up getting on the rope and was thrown into the deep end really fast. As you can imagine, it was quite a sight.”
The reaction to a still from the session, that was shot by Stu Gibson, and posted on Laura’s Instagram was instant, surfing’s best lining up to pump her hand.
From the noted Shipsterns surfer Marty Paradisis who towed Laura into this wave: “She wanted it bad… was epic!”
Carissa Moore: “You are crazy! Incredible babe!”
Brad Gerlach: “Wow!”
Kelia Moniz: “What the actual effff?”
Sabre Norris: No way! This is crazy, you are crazy!! ❤❤❤
And Taj Burrow, “You did not!!! You little weapon, yes!!!”
More on the film soon!