12 March, 2013 12 March, 2013

Richard Van Wyk – South Coast Surf Rat Turned Video Producer


Scottburgh local Richard van Wyk has long had a fascination with cameras. For years he’s been submitting his surfing images and videos to Shot Bru – just like the one above, uploaded in 2010.

In search of work, Richard left behind his beloved south coast points and warm water in exchange for the icy seas and massive tidal ranges of mud island (aka the UK), and it wasn’t long before he figured out that if he’s going to be slogging it out over there, then he may as well be trying to do something he enjoys.

So he picked up his video camera and filmed this:

“We launched our company Creative Capture off the back of a video of ours that went viral (see above). The video started on FB and ended up on the six o’clock news on BBC, as well as countless blogs, and even making a small appearance on a few American websites and web series.” explained Richard of his lucky break.

That video of a muddy London pond opened up the door for Rich and good friend Trevor, and they were soon contacted by an action camera company called ION to partner in some projects, with more work following closely after that.


Richard enjoying a session at Brighton.

Surfing still remains Richard’s biggest passion, though, and he regularly makes a mission to Brighton on England’s SE coast – about as un-inviting a local break as you can imagine, but still a welcome respite from London’s big city lights.

“I try surf over here, but as we’re all aware it’s not very awe inspiring. Back home I would just wake up and see if the wind is up and if there is swell, sometimes not even going to a certain spot because of the crowds. Here it’s a completely different story , it’s almost an art to get into the water and actually surf a wave for longer than a bottom turn.”

“But saying that, when you do get that right and manage an hour or two of surf, all the missioning is worth it. The stoke is probably even greater than back home where you expect to get waves. Here you sit out at backline and know that the new week in the city will be good.”

Rich’s hunger for surf led him to Portugal during last year’s Rip Curl Pro Peniche, where he grabbed this clip of Owen Wright flirting with a perfect beachbreak barrel.

Richard then explained the clip;

“This was from my first Europe trip. I spent a lot of time on the beach, either in the water or filming. Those clips specifically are both filmed on the Canon 7D with a 70 – 200mm 2.8 Canon lens – no special Red, Scarlets or Epics. I used After Effects for the slow motion. If you search ‘slow motion effects with After Effects‘ on YouTube, then there are tutorials that go into detail.”

“Lastly, I gave it a final edit using Final Cut Pro, with lens leak overlays and just a simple three-way colour corrector for the colour grade”

When asked of future projects he’d like to be involved in, Rich gave a fairly predictable answer for a frothing surfer. “Hopefully one of these days I’ll get a chance to make a full length surf video.”

Before signing off, he had one final thing to add;

“Oh and one last thing, we’re working on a little project that I reckon will interest you. We have invested in 30 GoPro cameras and are in the process of launching a mobile BULLET TIME rig for all types of filming from action sport to golf shows. Here’s a sneaky peek for now…”


Richard also suggested you check out this bonus John John slow motion clip too:


  1. JHL
    13 March, 2013 at 6:45 am · Reply

    Great stuff!

  2. turner
    13 March, 2013 at 7:45 am · Reply

    so talented!!!!!

  3. Anthony
    15 March, 2013 at 3:43 pm · Reply

    Nice one Rich.

  4. Genevieve
    15 March, 2013 at 6:15 pm · Reply

    Such amazing work Rich. Super talented and very inspiring! 🙂

  5. Anabela Carvalho
    17 April, 2013 at 12:00 am · Reply

    Hey i’m from ION Portugal. You’ve been near to my Home town. (Peniche) If you come back let me know, We will show nice spots with kind portuguese surfers 😉
    Take care !

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