Stab Magazine | Watch: Luke Hynd in "The Set Menu"

Watch: Luke Hynd in “The Set Menu”

“Surfing in great white territory by yourself is pretty darn scary.” – Mr Hynd. 

Words by stab

Passion is what makes a good short. And that’s what the nearly 12 minutes that sit before you was fueled by. “I can’t stand to see a clip with 25 air revs all shot from the same angle,” the star of this film, Luke Hynd, tells Stab. “To make a good web clip”–since feature length surf film’s are slowly withering away into near-obsolete is the norm–“You have to be passionate about what you’re doing. Without that, you won’t create something you’re truly happy with.” 

And with the internet being the go-to platform for surf films, we asked Luke what’s the best part about sending a film to the online masses, “The best part is people telling you they really enjoyed it. At our premiere, a few people asked where and when they could buy it so that they could watch it again. That makes it worth it to me. The worst part is putting yourself out there and at the mercy of being judged and ridiculed. Although, I do get a kick out of what people have to say.” But nobody would do any ridiculing on this here site. Not here. 

“We made our first trip for this in May to Indo,” continues Mr Hynd. “Then we kept our eyes on the maps and kept the ball rolling. Luckily for us, we scored two good winter swells and had enough footage to be happy. We had three waves we wanted to shoot for the making of this project. We wanted contrasting landscapes, so we started with cold and in the snow. Then went to the desert in Australia and ended with Indonesia.


No complaints here. Photo: Andrew Sheild

“Everything ran pretty smooth for the most part” he says. “Other than a few skunkings and me blowing it when the waves were pumping, the only real problem we ran into was in Desert Australia. We drove around for hours looking for a wave I’d been to before, but I only had a blurry memory of how to get to it, and one photo on my phone. We ended up losing the whole day of waves by the time we found it. Then of course, there’s the anxiety of surfing by yourself while the men in grey suits swim below. Even if the waves were pumping, I was in by 5 pm. Being in the middle of nowhere with no reception while surfing in Great White territory by yourself is pretty darn scary.”

“I wanna thank Darcy (Ward), he sacrificed more for this clip than I,” continues Mr Hynd. “He put off paying jobs and had a lot of late nights editing, colour grading and organising for which I’m very grateful. The only real sacrifice I made was a lighter wallet and giving away my Splendour in the Grass ticket to chase a swell.”

So, take the next dozen off and dive into Luke’s aptitude above fibreglass and fins filmed and edited by Darcy Ward. It’s a proper time killer if you’re looking to kill some time. 


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

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

Meet Liv Stone, The Pennsylvania-Born Para Surf World Champion

It’s feel-good time!

Nov 27, 2021

We’re Having Trouble Picking Snapt4’s ‘Best Barrel’ and Monster ‘Maneuver’

Here are the official nominees. Help us out.

Nov 27, 2021

Stab Podcast: Will Peninsula Boy Kelly Slater Spin His Way To Glory At Haleiwa?

Let's hope nobody leaves a menacing note on his car.

Nov 26, 2021


Watch: Lucas Godfrey Is The Most Barreled Man Of The Summer

Puerto Escondido has rarely been surfed like this.

Nov 26, 2021

Watch: Final Episode Of Stab Highway Presented By Monster Energy

It's time to go home.

Nov 26, 2021


Every Once In A While, A Genuine Super-Talent Rears His Pretty Little Head

Bronson Meydi might be that kid.

Nov 25, 2021

Haydenshapes Is Doing A Flash Sale On Their Most Precious Blood Diamonds

7 limited edition ‘altered’ surfboards, discounts, and an exclusive art series rollout across stock models.

Nov 25, 2021

Who’s Going To Make The CT This Year?

Haleiwa, prophesied.

Nov 24, 2021

Let’s Get You A Free Private Session At URBNSURF

We're treating six Stab Premium members to a free surf and tickets to the URBNSURF…

Nov 24, 2021


Nic Von Rupp Just Tamed A Giant Nazaré Tube By Hand (No Ski)

Yes, this is a paddle-in.

Nov 23, 2021


Watch: The Best ‘Shit Waves’ We’ve Seen With Dane Reynolds And Co.

Everything is relative.

Nov 23, 2021

Luca Padua Is A Badass Motherfucker

Meet the 19-year old big-wave prodigy being mentored by Laird Hamilton.

Nov 23, 2021

“My Wife Probably Wouldn’t Have Been Bitten By A Pit Viper If We Lived On A Charter Boat”

A land-based surf camp owner explains how his life and business differ from a boat-based…

Nov 23, 2021


Jordy And J-Bay Go Together Like Old Bay And Popcorn

Grab a fistful and inhale.

Nov 22, 2021

Opinion: In The Age Of The Vlog, It’s Getting Harder To Find Good Surf Films

Surfing and storytelling are two entirely different skillsets.

Nov 22, 2021


Cole Houshmand Gets Crapped On By A Bird, Proceeds To Score Out Of His Mind

Smooth, surgical lines from the San Clemente gentleman in 'Good Luck'.

Nov 22, 2021


Erin Brooks Is A Rare Type Of Talent — We Can’t Stop Watching

Watch the Ladybird air-drop into Kandui caverns with a grin on her face.

Nov 22, 2021

Watch: Harry Bryant’s Feary Sydney Harbour Bridge Swim

One for the history books.

Nov 22, 2021