In the opening scene of Ricardo Christie and Owen Milne’s filme, Lemonyip Livin, the late British philosopher Alan Watts proposes a question to the audience, “What if money was no object?” Fittingly, as Watts’ speech plays over the city landscape, Ricardo Christie ditches his suit and the city life for his surfboard and the waves. With friends, Tim O’Connor, Billy Stairmand, Andrew Mooney, and Albee Layer, Christie cruises throughout the New Zealand coastline hunting down the best swell.
The film is masterfully shot and edited by Owen Milne. Balancing between color and black and white shots, Milne captures the unparalleled New Zealand beauty in addition to the athletes’ adventures.
When they’re not running out of gas in their packed van or rapping YG’s anthems, Christie and company are busy making surfing look easy.