The young Swedish sailor, Gustav Häggström rocked the windsurfing world recently with his video titled ‘This Is Action’. It showed some of the most defining moments in the recent history of our sport. With spectacular double forwards, pushloop-forwards and even all the triple forward attempts ever caught on camera.
The video reached over 55,000 views in 10 days, one of the fastest ever viewed windsurfing short movies. Perhaps it is a mixture of the inspiring music, the well-cut clips or simply the most outrageous skill shown as the pros throw themselves into almost ragdoll like moves, that made this video stand out from the crowd. Whatever it was we are proud to introduce it here first This Is Action (Freestyle).
Name: Gustav Häggström
Windsurfing level: Landing backloops
Favourite discipline: Wave
Number of years windsurfing: 6
Number of videos made: 52
Favourite move: Backloop
Local spot: A-bay (Apelviken), Varberg, Sweden
Favourite place to sail: Maui
So you surprised the action sports world with the video titled ‘This is Action (Waves)’, was this your first video project or do you have others?
I have done some shorter videos of myself windsurfing. I have never done a larger or longer video than 1.30 minutes before, and my videos have never got more than 300 views until now.
Some of my favourite videos are:
The whole idea of ‘’This is action (wave)’’ started when one of my friends showed me a program where you can download videos from Youtube. I have always wanted to try and make a video with professional windsurfers. So what I did was I started downloading clips that I thought were epic. Then I discovered the music, which I thought would fit in perfectly. That was pretty much how I did it. I worked with the video for a few days. At first I wasn’t sure whether it was very good or not, but I still uploaded it on to Youtube. The first two days I got 700 views. The third day I was hanging out with my friend Jesper when we realized the video had over 6000 views, we went all crazy!
The video was a massive hit, one of the quickest we have seen to reach such high viewing figures in the windsurfing world. Were you surprised by this and what do you think it is about the video that made this happen (3-4 line answer)?
I was very surprised! I was hoping for perhaps 2000 views, but I never thought it would be such a success. I’m not sure what it is to be honest, but I think it’s because of it being an epic combination of the biggest moves, great music and the best windsurfers in the world.
Your next project, This is Action – Freestyle, was this purely made because of so much interest from This is Action – Waves and if yes can you tell us a little more about the project and the music?
Yes, I made ‘This is action (freestyle)’ because of such big interest in ‘This is Action (wave)’. This project is going to look a little bit like the first one. I’m trying to use the biggest tricks from Youtube. Unfortunately, I will not be able to have all of the greatest moves because there is simply not as many good freestyle videos on Youtube. There is more on Vimeo but I can’t download from there.
I think This is Action (Freestyle) is well made and with nice music. The music I’ve used in the videos are both Dubstep remixes made by the swedish Mike Emilio. He is not the biggest name here in Sweden, but he does good music!
Finally, can we expect anything more from Gustav Häggström in the future?
Absolutely! I can promise you that you all are going to see a lot more of me in the windsurfing world. My goal is to be one of the best windsurfers in the world, and my biggest dream is of course to become a professional windsurfer and moviemaker!
Im going to PWA Pozo 2012 in 3 weeks for training.
I’ve got a blog where I post my pictures, videos and other happenings. Feel free to visit at vindsurfarn.blogg.se.