Highlands & Islands

Body board: The woman who surfs taped to a friend

A short film to be shown in Scotland later this month tells of a paraplegic who goes surfing while taped to the back of her son's friend.

The five minute long Duct Tape Surfer will be shown in Edinburgh and Inverness as part of the International Ocean Film Festival.

Here the film's producer reveals the story behind it.

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Pascale Honore was paralysed from the waist down in a car accident 18 years ago.

Yet her dream of enjoying the surf close to her home in Australia never diminished. But it would take an unconventional method to get her out on to the waves.

One of her son's friends, Ty Swan, a big wave surfer and professional diver, offered to take her surfing stuck to his back with heavy duty sticking tape.

Word of the unusual surfing duo soon reached filmmaker Mark Tipple.

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"Around Christmas time in 2012 I heard of a paraplegic woman being strapped to a man's back and surfing one of the heaviest waves on the coast," said Mr Tipple.

"I thought that'd make a cool film."

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"We're all from the same small town in remote South Australia.

"Pascale had been living there for some 20 years and Ty and myself for about 10, but I had never actually met them.

"It's strange considering we're all into the same things - surfing, travel, fishing - but in a town literally dotted with amazing waves there's almost too many places to surf. We just never crossed paths."

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Mr Tipple has a career in making films and taking photographs on and under the sea.

His Underwater Project involved four years photographing people diving below the waves. That side of his life has since evolved into commercial and editorial work.

Mr Tipple also assists humanitarian organisations, including a national disability charity, with film projects.

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On making Duct Tape Surfer, he said: "We shot for four days around Pascale's home in Elliston, then the surfing parts in Port Lincoln, which is also in South Australia."

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"The main challenge was timing as winter was hitting and the waves were somewhat hard to predict and good days were sporadic."

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"We managed to get two fun surfs in the four days, plus all the b-roll of Pascale riding on the cliff tops and checking the surf."

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"Pascale and Ty are totally capable of surfing how they surf.

"Ty is a capable big wave surfer with more time spent in waves of consequence than anyone I know.

"And Pascale's 'can do' attitude just makes it happen regardless. They're a great team."

The International Ocean Film Festival will visit the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh on 25 September and Inverness' Eden Court on 27 September.

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