Crystal Clear Water And Lush Green Backdrops Offend No One
Watch: John Florence, Jordy Smith, Riley Laing and Andrew Mooney in Owen Milne’s latest showreel.
Residing on the white-sand beaches where beautiful women litter the shores like stray cats is a wonderful cliche. It’s also one that Owen Milne has the terrible pleasure of enjoying. The 21-year-old spent the latter half of 2016 and a fair chunk of 2017 in destinations of this description. Now that Mr Milne’s home he's packaged these three and a half mins of surf action featuring the likes of John John Florence, Jordy Smith, Andrew Mooney and many more shot throughout Indo, Oz, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Hawaii, Canada, Mex, the United States, the Ments, Portugal and Spain - which, it’s safe to say, is an idyllic year and a half in passport stamps.
“I’ve been slowly chipping away on this showreel since the middle of 2016,” Owen tells Stab. “I couldn't finish it and I still feel like I can't wrap it up, because every trip I do I keep improving on each version. I spent most of 2016 in remote Indonesia working for resorts and chasing swells. In 2017 I was pretty psyched on getting off the Bintangs for the season and getting a taste of something fresh.”
I spent time with Andrew Mooney this year working on some projects in South Australia, Canada and Mexico. During a South Oz strike with Mooney earlier in the year, we had a very unlucky situation where we collided in a barrel while I was shooting water. I ended up losing my whole setup and battling insurance for months only to lose close to $10k worth of camera gear. This year had its ups and downs. But I was stoked to finish it off scoring some of the best waves of my life in Canada and Mexico. It feels good when you're doing eight hours a day in the Mexican sun and its pumping, or shitting yourself from bears on the Canadian coastline.”