Common Tongue : Edits ain’t edits

Shredtown's Chris Abadie

Chris Abadie from Shredtown. Need I tell you why I chose Shredtown?

Edits ain’t edits – The merits of a good edit
This appeared in Issue 02 Volume 02 of Union Wakeboarder Magazine (AU edition)

Lately, there seems to have been a million and one new three-minute video edits coming out.

I’m going to say my favourite was . But no matter your personal opinion on the style of rider vs. rider, something we can all agree on is that quality trumps quantity, right? Anyone who has ever supplied Union with a video edit can attest to the fact that we are very particular when it comes to the finished product.

As a social media coordinator I wake each morning and I have to spend about a freakin’ hour and a half trolling through Facebook/websites/whatever else to see what has been newly released worldwide overnight. Sometimes edit links get sent straight to Union and other times we hear it on the grapevine. Sometimes we are sent something that no one has ever seen with a message saying “Put this shit up now”, other times we put something up only to re-watch it and think take it off, it’s no good… actually… that’s only happened once, and it was to an edit that, ironically, had something like 18,000 views. This only goes to show that regardless of the view count we felt it didn’t represent wakeboarding well enough, so we didn’t want it representing wakeboarding full stop.

From the bleachers “Come on, you’re jokin’ right? Lighten up.” Ok, ok, you think I’m being too dramatic here?
Well honestly I cannot for the life of me figure out why an obviously amazing rider shooting with an obviously amazing videographer would let an edit be released if there is even one thing not 100% perfect in it. That includes (but is not limited to) footage, landings, prespinning, and last but definitely not least (and probably most important) missed grabs. This is what sticks out to me the most. Never ever, ever should an edit go out with a missed grab, or a lightly touched grab. Back in the days of Boarder Magazine, Mick Watkins and I would rag so hard on Kiteboarder Magazine which ran out of the same office. They were always running shots with missed grabs. “Almost got it!” we’d say, “Good try” we’d laugh… we mocked it. We mocked it! So this is an article about the good vs. the bad of video edits, and having spoken of the ‘bad’ I guess I’ll proceed to be positive.

Let’s give an example of a good edit. When the teaser to ‘Al Sur’, an upcoming full length film by Trever Maur, came in one morning a few weeks ago, I looked over at my 19 year old girlfriend (yep, she’s 19, what of it?) and I said “That is wakeboarding.” Seeing as she hadn’t even heard of the sport before she met me, I was proud to show her that and say that it’s what I am involved with. The same goes for Shredtown; pretty much anything Patrick Wieland does; Pilchard’s edits… the list goes on. I am proud to hold it up as wakeboarding because these guys produce and promote the sport at its absolute best.

But there are some edits I’ve seen that I would never show her. True the average onlooker may not really care too much about a slightly missed grab or a sketchy landing, and definitely not about prespinning. They’d probably be looking at the scenery, because the tricks look all the same anyway, but that’s not the point. Do you want a sport that has careless advocates? No? I didn’t think so. When Union aligned itself with this sport, we allowed it to represent us as much as we represent it. That is why I so vehemently call for the perfection in what is the sport’s output. And like you, I assume, I like to take pride in the sport I call mine.

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