Stab Magazine | Watch: Kipp Caddy's Latest, "Please Explain"

Watch: Kipp Caddy’s Latest, “Please Explain”

This young man very much likes surfing over shallow rock shelves

cinema // Feb 2, 2018
Words by stab
Reading Time: 3 minutes

A 20 year old who’s certainly not shy of a slab. 

When clips come into our inbox featuring those hovering around the teenage mark, we usually anticipate a bunch of airs and progressive flair. 

This is where Kipp Caddy stands out from the pack!

“Please Explain” features Kipp launching himself over the ledge of waves most of us wouldn’t take a second look at.

We had a chat with him about his escapades surrounding the film, living around Cronulla and his Indo stint chasing waves and tail. 


Stab: Hey Kipp, tell us about the edit? 

Kipp: I scored that epic Nias swell and had a bunch of footage sitting on a hard drive, I live a short walk from Cam Staunton, the filmer and basically I was doing a visa run back from Indo and we where going through the footage and we both agreed we should work one a project together. I was only back for a few weeks and couple days later a perfect east swell turned up on the forecast, we filmed all the barrels out Shark Island during this swell.  

How long was it shot over?  

“Please Explain” was shot over six months but to be honest, we didn’t actually film a whole lot as Cam and I were in different countries most of the time, we were just lucky to score a few epic swells and it made it really easy! 

Where at?

The start of the edit is a home section basically, Shark Island, Cape Solander; then its over to Indo with some footage from waves around Keramas, Grower and Nias to finish! 

The Nias trip was all-time, we spent 16 hours getting there and our boards didn’t show up, i stayed at the key-hole arriving late at night, woke up to 10ft bombing Nias without boards. I borrowed a locals board with plastic fins, 6’1″x 18 1/2″ x 2 1/4″, it had been snapped and put back together too. It was the worst board I’ve ever surfed on, but the waves where pumping i wasn’t complaining. My boards showed up for the second day of the swell, which is the red board through the rest of the Nias section 

How did the launch night go down? Any highlights?

Launch night was super wild! Tas Wilson, who edited the clip, had his band playing (Cubans in Whistler) which was probably one of the highlights as everyone was cutting loose. DHD donated a surfboard and the guy that won was pretty stoked! It was awesome too see how many people came and supported it too, I had mates fly from Indo and everything! Thanks to everyone that came down. 

Did you grow up in Cronulla? What’s it like being from down that way?  

I grew up down in Ulladulla where Russell Bierke is from, it’s an awesome quiet town with pumping surf; Russ got me into surfing slabby waves when i was young which was sick. I moved to Cronulla at 14 and have been there for six years now. I love it, its close to the city with a small coastal town vibe with all time waves. I have travelled the world chasing waves and still the best waves I’ve seen have been at home. 

What’s the go with living in Indo for a while? 

So I went to Indo with the boys on a trip. We were having a hell time surfing, running a muck and I ended up falling in love with this rad chick and ended up living In Canguu for 12-18months. Just surfing the right there heaps chasing swells when there was waves! Living the dream i guess. I still have plenty of love for Indo but things didn’t quite work out so i was stoked to cruise back to Cronulla.  

What do you love/hate about it? 

I love the freedom, riding my dirt bike to the beach having a beer after the surf meeting new crew every week, don’t have anything bad to say about it. I love the island 

What do you have planned for the rest of the year? 

This year i just going to chase some slabs and hopefully score some bigger waves and see where it takes me I’m in a really good place at the moment and can’t wait to see what 2018 is going to throw at me 

Are you running comps or just freesurfing?

Just cruising free surfing at the moment, I really enjoy getting tubed.  

How are you feeling after putting the edit out? 

Yeah really good, Cam did an awesome job filming it and Tas nailed the edit. Cheers boys! 

What are you hoping to get out of it? 

A start in Red Bull Cape Fear would be nice as she is in my backyard…(laughs).  


We’ll let you be the judge of whether Kipp should earn a slot into the revered, Cape Fear. From the looks of this clip though, we sure think so. 


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