Riding the Long White Cloud

Riding the Long White Cloud

As I was spiralling down the rabbit hole that is the internet last night I came across Riding the Long White Cloud. Not only does the film connect two of my passions, skateboarding and cycling, but it features some of my favorite skaters. The film follows these guys on an adventure across New Zeland; Camping, cycling and skating along the way. Beautifully shot and edited by Alex Craig and mixed with interviews, a soundtrack to die for and a John Rattray narration that sets the tone. Man, I could listen to John all day.  Hope you enjoy the film.

A film of a muscle-powered tour that a group of skateboard enthusiasts undertook in New Zealand one summer. My idea was to use the trip as a speculative platform from which to investigate what life might be like in a post-industrial society. That is to say a society whose main fuel source has been depleted to the point of being scarce and expensive.
— John Rattray

Riding the Long White Cloud

FRIENDLYFIRE PRODUCTIONS 2009
IN ASSOCIATION WITH FUEL TV

A group of professional skateboarders set out to bicycle across New Zealands north island in a vague quest for skate spots and self-sufficient living.

Featuring - Rick McCrank, Silas Baxter Neal, Cairo Foster, John Rattray, Keegan Sauder, Chris Haslam and Kenny Anderson.

Produced & Directed by Alex Craig
Cameras - Alex Craig & Fred Mortagne
Photographers - Dylan Doubt & Benji Wagner

Soundtrack Playlist

I enjoyed the soundtrack to the film so much I created a playlist on Spotify based on the film.

Abandoned

Photo: Dane Collison

After screening Riding the Long White Cloud, it struck me how beautifully it was shot and how the environment played such a major role, almost like the antagonist of the film.  At times the style, and certainly the soundtrack, reminded me of one of my all time favorite shows, Abandoned on the Viceland channel. Then I remembered hearing on The Nine Club podcast with Rick McCrank that he did that show with friends and people he had worked together with in the past. I looked up Alex Craig, and damned if he didn't direct Abandoned. Wow! Mind blown. 

Legendary skateboarder Rick McCrank goes on a journey exploring abandoned places with the people who love them long after the lights have gone out. 

Header photo: Dylan Doubt