This advert was filmed over two days on location in Cornwall in early August 2017. August in Cornwall is very busy with holiday makers so we had to start early! Although most summers in Cornwall are plagued with flat spells we were lucky this year in that a huge Atlantic swell came in just in time for our short filming window. The plan was to surf at Holywell bay. On the first morning the camera team shot some great set up shots of the jag, but the surf was way too big for Mango and I to get in the surf. The wind was strong from the west making the surf big and messy. That afternoon we drove up the coast and checked out Harlyn bay - a more sheltered, north facing surf spot. The surf even there was massive, way too big for Mango and it was packed with over 200 surfers in the water. It was a frustrating day and we were left feeling very nervous and under pressure to perform with just one more day to go. As luck would have it the swell dropped over night (as forecast) and the film crew assembled at the crack of dawn - 6.30am at Harlyn and I was delighted to see some fun 2 foot waves coming into the bay and only a couple of surfers out. The camermen got ready and the drone took off and after 20 minutes surfing we had plenty of waves on camera. Tim Boydel of Newquay film making company Light Colour Sound said it was strange filming dog surfing as he is used to focussing on the surfer but instead he had to focus further down the board at the dog! Expert drone footage was provided by Jim Keith and director Chris Mclean was also in the water with his massive Red camera and housing. It was awesome! Mango really enjoyed the surf and all the attention! The rest of the day was spent filming mango getting into the jag - that was way harder than the surfing!
It is great to have had a professional film made showing Mangos amazing talents - she is now seven years old and I'm not sure how many more years she will be surfing!
To help raise money for local charity Holywell Bay Surf Lifesaving Club Mango is offering a one off Dog surfing experience! We will meet you at the beach - you can meet Mango and her family and learn how she took up the sport. Watch Mango in action catching some waves and then have a surfing lesson for you and your dog, or have a go surfing with Mango! Animal welfare and sea safety will be our priority and the session will be supervised by a qualified beach Lifeguard. This is a one-off event which will take place between May and October 2018 - date and time to be organised with Mango's owner Matt Slater.
The experience will be sold at auction to the highest bidder and money raised will be used by the club to help us train the lifeguards of the future! To bid you can visit Mangos facebook page and comment on the post about the auction. Or you can come along to the charity auction being held at the Smugglers Den Inn, Cubert on Saturday the 2nd December 2017. Happy bidding!