Shot over six weeks in New Zealand, we sought to create a film that communicated how special we believe our New Zealand camp can be.
Find our two teaser trailers below. As our New Zealand camp concludes, we’re putting our efforts into a film in cooperation with Preditor films that was filmed over the course of our six week rowing camp. Our objective is to share the special level of athletic and personal awareness and development we feel can be accomplished by rowing in the right foreign environment.
Packing up, exchanging good-byes, and departing for various destinations, the team heads out for a full day of travel homeward. As I settle back on the plane with eyes closed, scenes from these past weeks roll over in my head – flashbacks of rowers on quiet waters, of biking to the boathouse for hard training sessions, of a road trip to row at the southernmost tip of New Zealand, of a dinner with the Otago teams and a rugby match, of our presence at the Australian test series in Queenstown, of bungee jumps and paragliding, of a 4K snowshoe hike on a mountain peak, and of other good times. The impact of this journey is not yet fully realized, but a return is already anticipated.
It’s the city with a small town feel – that’s how we discovered our home away from home for the last six weeks. Speaking for everyone in our group, we agree that the hospitality of the Kiwis, as we freely and safely moved about town, was exceptional. The inclusiveness by and among the Otago rowers enabled us to experience New Zealand rowing as if part of the team. All of this in a geographic place like none other on earth – it’s easy to say thanks for everything and difficult to say good-bye…
The moment had arrived, the final 2K before winding up our New Zealand training. Can’t say that there weren’t some jitters going in – time for truth. But once the fans were whirling, apprehensions were gone and focus took over. Weeks of dedicated training visibly at work. At the end of the experience, each rower reached a new personal record, drawing from within and exceeding his own expectations. Average PR was by 8 seconds! Congratulations, guys – super job!
Below, find our first efforts at a teaser for the film we’ve created in cooperation with Preditor Films in New Zealand. The entire trip was filmed, and we expect the movie to come out in another 6 weeks’ time. In terms of showing something you haven’t seen before – we’re hoping to put you in the boat – and on the ground – during a fairly amazing program.
Random 2k test today after days of heavy, intense training. A few of the ‘team’ beat their PR – one by a lot. Despite the volume and intensity of the last few days, many of the group were only a few seconds off PR and the sentiment is very confident that everyone to a person is getting stronger. Given a taper, everyone will most likely PR on their last 2k before they leave – but is that really the point?!
Every year Cadbury Chocolates hosts its annual Jaffa race to raise funds for Cure Kids. Jaffas are small ball-shaped candies of chocolate with a outer hard candy shell. For the race, people buy tickets with numbers on them. Each number cordinates with a numbered Jaffa. Cadbury individualy numbers 50,000 Jaffas and roles them down Baldwin Street, which is literally the steepest street in the world. The number of the winning Jaffa is then called out and the person with the winning ticket wins the grand prize!