KALE Rickards traded in his surfing career for a life behind the camera and it's sending him to the other side of the world.
"I used to surf semi-professionally and used to do a bit of work with the video guys and got really interested in it. I always thought it would be a good avenue to pursue when I finished up with my surfing," he said.
Two years ago Kale decided to pursue his interest in videography and a year later enrolled in a diploma in screen and media at Sunshine Coast TAFE.
"I had thought about going back to school for some time, but was a little reluctant to make that decision being mature age," he said.
The 28-year-old said the turning point was working more than 70-hour weeks for a construction company.
"I saw an ad on TV which stated 'the average person works for 44 years of their life, so you might as well do something that you enjoy'," he said.
"This was a real wake-up call. I sure didn't want to be doing what I was doing for another 40-odd years. I love the ocean and started shooting surfing.
"This year I finally bit the bullet and I've learned a great deal in a short time.
"My teachers both work within the industry as well as teach, and they have passed on a wealth of knowledge that I could never have gained by winging it on my own.
"I'm now seeing it as a career path for me."
While Kale loves chasing the waves, he's just as content being behind the camera.
"It is hard for a lot of people, but I'm just as happy to stand on the beach and watch as I am surfing," he said.
"Surfing is the reason I got into video. I'll always try to remain close to the surf industry, for sure. It's harder to make a dollar, but it's where my passion is."
In two weeks, Kale will head to the remote Mentawai Islands off Sumatra to work as a videographer at Macaronis Resort.
"It's a remote area and the clientele is mainly surfers. You might get the odd non-surfing guests who are mainly wives and partners of the surfers," he said.
"My job is to cover the guests' stay and their experience at the resort, making a personalised DVD.
"I'll capture whatever they get up to, which will be mostly surfing the waves of the entire region."
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