Watch a Man With a Gammy Knee Ride a Finless Foamie and Drive a Suzuki Jimny - Stab Mag

Watch a Man With a Gammy Knee Ride a Finless Foamie and Drive a Suzuki Jimny

Watch episode three of (Chippa) Wilson’s Foam and Rubber.

Words by Alistair Klinkenberg

“I thought I was back, but then I had to go back in for surgery – just for a cartilage clean up – and now I’m actually back,” says Chippa Wilson.

It’s not surprising that Chippa’s had knee trouble. In fact, you could well argue that his hinges have had more pressure going through them than just about any surfer currently (barely) walking around on two legs. He’s surfing currently, working his way back to fitness, and at the time of speaking had just driven from his home in Tasmania, where we visit him in today’s episode of Wilson’s Foam and Rubber (shot entirely on GoPro Hero9 Black), to Exmouth, WA in less than a week. Which is approximately 6000 kilometres, although it’s worth noting that he didn’t choose his 1988 Suzuki Jimny as the best vehicle for the trip.

Chips whips – a treasure trove of vintage vessels.

Which makes our protagonist’s latest instalment of Wilson’s Foam and Rubber so remarkable. Riding finless foamies is A) Way harder than Ari Browne makes it look. And B) Despite its relaxing appearance, super taxing on your body. Especially your knees. So what does Chippa, a man with a newly reconstructed knee, decide would be the best type of surfing to ease him back to his acrobatic best? Yep, spinning down the line without fins.

There’s something awesome about people who’ve long been paid to surf still frothing on something so lo-fi.

Episode Three of Wilson’s Foam and Rubber (watch the first two here and here) also sees the first time that filmmaker Beren Hall (who can, obviously, use a camera, but also surf’s pretty well) has tried shooting follow cam with a GoPro HERO9 Black. Beren tells me that keeping up is far harder than you’d think, and that’s when Chippa’s riding a big tub, rather than his usual finely-tuned equipment.

Man’s best friend: a Suzuki Jimny that goes 80 downhill with a trailing breeze.

“It’s definitely hard to keep up, so much harder than it looks,” Beren says. “But the stabilisation feature of the new GoPro is pretty insane. Dan Scott shot the surf footage in the first episode, and he’s surfing behind Chippa and moving heaps, pumping to keep up with him, but the footage is super smooth. There’s no shake or motion sickness, which previously was super hard to do.”

Just looking at this image makes our knees creak.

Wilson’s Foam and Rubber is the brainchild of a man who’s long held a passion for slightly left-field motorised vehicles, and has broadened his surfing equipment vastly in recent years. Apart from the fact that they’re relatively slow and both made somewhere in Asia, there’s not much in common between a 1988 Suzuki Jimny and a finless Drag craft. But it doesn’t matter. The brief was loosely to showcase all the nifty things you can do with a 5k camera slightly smaller than an apple, apart from taking it off between your gnashers, and Beren and Chippa have done a beautiful job of showing that compelling surf content doesn’t need to be hi-fi. There’s something reassuring about surfers at the peak of profession still finding joy on slipping and sliding down a gently sloping point. You just don’t get that in tennis.

If you’ve got a penchant for film, we’d highly recommend grabbing a remarkable little camera that can do it all.


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

Do The Olympics Change Your Life And Make You Rich?

An interview with 2016 BMX Gold Medalist Connor Fields.

Jun 23, 2021

John Florence And Kolohe Andino Are Surfing Again

Slater maps out qualification strategy for 2024 Olympic Games

Jun 23, 2021

Dylan Graves Explores How We Can be Better Allies To LGBTQ+ Surfers

“The only way to grow and learn is to talk about it.”

Jun 22, 2021

The Most Boring Contest Brought Forth The Most Interesting Equipment

What were surfers riding at the Ranch?

Jun 22, 2021

Surfboard Prices Will Soon Make You Tremble While Pulling Out Your Credit Card And Buying One Anyway

Yeah, it’ll outpace inflation. Here’s what we know.

Jun 22, 2021

Do Surf Brands Still Dream Big?

With more people surfing than ever, let’s contemplate the path to the stratosphere.

Jun 21, 2021

Mikey Feb Guides His Twin Pin Through Spotless Indonesian Glass

A vigorous yet poetic display of aquatic dance.

Jun 21, 2021

Filipe Toledo And Johanne Defay Win 2021 Jeep Surf Ranch Pro

The arduous construction of a moment.

Jun 20, 2021

How To Steal A Surfboard

The Misc: It’s an art.

Jun 20, 2021

What I l Learned From 23.5 Hours In Lemoore

Notes from in and around a sweaty ranch made for surfing.

Jun 20, 2021

Does The Stab In The Dark Winner Work For The Everyman?

Joyride: Testing Sharpeye's Inferno72 in a range of waves

Jun 19, 2021

Remarks On Some Big-Ish Surfing In 115 Degree Desert Heat

Day 1 at the Surf Ranch Pro.

Jun 19, 2021

Coco Ho And The Lost Art Of Footwork

A first-hand glimpse into the benefits of some extra wiggle room.

Jun 19, 2021

The New WSL Finals Format Is The Perfect Addition To The Most Chaotic Season In Modern Pro Surfing

Yes, it’s unfair—and we should all be very happy about that.

Jun 19, 2021

Stab Podcast: “There Is A Shit Load Of Hero Worship In The Surfing Community”

Jed Smith analyzes the bizarre social matrix inside of a surf town.

Jun 18, 2021

Stab’s Psychic Pick To Win The Surf Ranch Is…

Here’s what our metaphysical consultant had to say.

Jun 18, 2021

Episode 2: The Electric Acid Surfboard Test Starring Mason and Coco Ho

Brace yourselves, a swell is on the horizon.

Jun 18, 2021

Stab Podcast: Is Kelly’s Pool a Legitimate CT Venue?

Or is it a chlorinated charade?

Jun 18, 2021