Thank you for an awesome 2011. We look forward to an even better 2012. We wish you happiness and good health.
King Kong has great motorhomes and the best drivers in the business. Working with you guys is always easy and a pleasure." Cat Burkley-Portfolio One
King Kong… top notch service, incredible drivers, clean, well equipped vehicles, on time—every time! Thanks guys…. you ROCK!!!" Elaine Lee—Producer 5th and Sunset Los Angeles
Rusty, Bruce and the guys at King Kong were a crucial asset to my photoshoot. They took a lot of stress off of my plate and came through when I needed them, allowing me to focus 100% on the production. Without a doubt, King Kong is now my go-to for production vehicles and I do not hesitate to recommend them to my colleagues. And, not only is Rusty the best and most helpful driver I have ever had the pleasure of working with, he is also awesome with a fog machine!" Brett Spencer-Producer, Nastygal.com
You guys are the BEST!" Marie D’Amore—Production Supervisor, HSI
I wanted to give Rich another glowing report, He was AMAZING on our shoot. The most helpful driver I’ve ever had. I’ll definitely be requesting him on future shoots.
Thanks for everything guys!" Adrienne Burton – Freelance Prod Coordinator
We truly enjoyed working from the Helios, the attention to detail to make it an Eco friendly asset to our industry should be commended. The quiet workspace you get when running on the solar power is delightful! Rob was pleasant to be around and always willing to help out. Thank you Rob and King Kong for bringing us the Helios!" Rochelle Savory-Assistant Production Supervisor
Just wanted to say thanks for the awesome customer service. Our driver was friendly and professional. He arrived early and had everything ready to go for us. The motorhome was clean and in perfect shape. Every detail matters on a shoot to help keep everything running smoothly. We love working with King Kong!" Jamie Williams- That Girl Productions
I just wanted to send you a quick message and let you know how amazing Rich is. I have hired motos from all over and this was by far our best experience. Really nice to work with great people" Crystal Raymond- Chinese Laundry
North Six has been working with King Kong for many years now. Not only is their customer service unparalleled, but their fleet of motorhomes is always clean, reliable, and exactly what we need to support our photo productions." Kyd Kisvarday—Producer, North 6
…the moho was super nice, everything was great! I will definitely rent it again!!" Susan Borbely – Prod Coordinator
Thank you so much for lovely Eko lav — definitely the nicest port-a-potty I’ve ever used!" Amanda – Producer
We’ve used the Helios twice now and have been quite impressed each time. It has everything production could want AND it’s earth friendly! We will use the Helios on every job in which we need a moho." Mario D’Amici—Production Coordinator, Beef Films
You guys did a phenomenal job with the Helios. And Rob, as always, went above and beyond for us." Dan Kae—Assistant Production Supervisor
The drivers were awesome to be with. Hard working drivers!! It really stands out when the drivers jump in to help set up base camp, and tear it down. Not to mention always having a fresh green tea for me just when I needed it every time. They really were great and I’d ask for them anytime we get vehicles from you. Thanks!" Mary Brooks – 3 Star Productions
The Helios is a great motorhome. Not only is it energy efficient but it offers a large space for production to work in. The copy machine is great because you can wirelessly print and make color copies and send faxes. The satellite phones came in handy when we realized we didn’t have any cell service on location. We received several compliments throughout the shoot day. Crew walked into the motorhome in awe of such a beautiful space." Courtney Witherspoon-Production Coordinator Three One O
Archive for December, 2011
- Pete Mel and Gerard Butler working on a paddling scene on Sunday at Maverick’s. A short while after this pic was taken, a three-wave wide set landed on their heads. Photo: Doug Acton
|Longtime Mav’s surfers Greg Long, Pete Mel and Zack Wormhoudt were escorting Butler inside near the rocks, working on some paddling shots, when a set missed the outer bowl and broke on their heads. “We paddled over one wave, and as soon as we came over the top and saw a set swing wide, we knew we were’t gonna make it,” Long explained. “We told Butler, ‘paddle for the channel, we’re all gonna have to bail on this one; take a couple deep breaths and relax.'”The four paddled towards the channel and bailed their boards as the first wave broke on their heads. A rescue ski attempted to grab Butler, but was unable to get to him before the second wave broke. “The second one broke his leash,” Long explained. “He was down for a really long time after that. I don’t know for sure if it was a two-wave hold-down, because I was looking for his board which he wasn’t attached to, but it was a long time.”
“We told Butler, ‘paddle for the channel, we’re all gonna have to bail on this one; take a couple deep breaths and relax.'”
The third wave pushed Butler close to the rocks, but he was rescued by a ski before being swept through. “I give him the utmost credit,” Long continued. “He handled it with the extreme composure. He came up rattled as anyone would be, but coherent and communicating.”
Butler is admittedly a novice surfer, but has been heavily researching his role as Jay Morarity’s coach Frosty Hesson for months. “The amount of time researching and listening to us…he put that to use, and it helped him through more than his surf experience,” Long explained. Butler was taken to the hospital as a precaution but has recovered well.
“What happened the other day was true testament that you can never be 100 % comfortable at Maverick’s,” Long points out. “You had me, Zack Wormhoudt, Peter Mel, and Jeff Clark, combining all our ocean experience and knowledge. We’d all been in an area that we were working all morning; it was the one random rogue set — that was the only one of its kind during the day, and it just happened to be when we were there.”
Long also has a small acting part in the film — which has been taking over parts of Santa Cruz for months now. “They’re making every effort to create the most realistic depiction of big wave surfing,” he said. “That’s why I wanted to be involved. I was skeptical at the beginning, but it has the potential to change the sport of big-wave surfing.”
The film is meanwhile just waiting for the North Pacific to kick back into gear — and Twiggy Baker is psyching himself up to replicate Jay’s famous wipeout. “I think if you sit off the end bowl and it’s really windy, you could just stand up and wheelie your board,” he said.
We asked Surfline’s Sean Collins about the swell. “This was a very tricky swell, and we noticed on Saturday with Surfline’s LOLA Validation tools that the waves would come in larger than what was being forecast by the models due to a short period of increased wind speeds in the original storm,” he explained. “In the graphic comparing the model output with the actual buoy reported energy 24 hours away on Saturday (see slideshow #5), we can see at least a few more feet of wave height in the longer periods between 15-22 seconds that are circled.
“A difference of 4-5 feet in deepwater swell height at 16-22 seconds can result in an additional 10-15 feet or more in breaking wave height. The timing of this extra peak energy on the buoys also coincided with the arrival of the rogue sets at Mavericks on Sunday that caught Butler, and a few local buoys even reported a few larger waves in deep water offshore with maximum heights of 15 feet during that same period of time (could equal 30-foot+ faces). Fortunately everyone is OK. [Also to be clear, Surfline is not forecasting or consulting for the movie.]”