Coast teen's star-filled surf film to launch career

IT'S A 16-minute snapshot of surfing nirvana which is hoped will launch the career of one of the Coast's rising stars of surf filmmaking.

Alexandra Headland 18-year-old Tai Jennison's first independent surf film Bloom went online earlier this month, having enjoyed a stellar debut at this year's Sunshine Coast Surf Film Festival.

The result of a three-week trip to Bali and the Mentawai Islands during which he shot everyday, Tai spent two weeks editing his footage for 6-8 hours a day to produce the final product in time for the film festival.

Tai had some superstar talents to work with on the trip.

Hawaiian world tour star Sebastian Zietz, world tour hopeful Brent Dorrington and fellow Gold Coaster Sheldon Simkus and Australian surfing legend Taj Burrow were among the shredders Tai was able to document.

Coast teen's star-filled surf film to launch career

IN ACTION: Shots from Tai Jennison's new film Bloom. Juan Medina

"They've all seen it and are super happy with it," Tai said.

"They're keen to do some more."

Having just returned from northern New South Wales, Tai said he would be spending Christmas and New Year's Eve at his Alexandra Headland home, putting the camera down to catch a few waves himself.

Once 2018 is up and running Tai said he was headed back over to Western Australia to shoot over there on "some good waves".

Coast teen's star-filled surf film to launch career

IN ACTION: Shots from Tai Jennison's new film Bloom. Juan Medina

He was targeting Margaret River, Kalbarri and more as shooting locations for his next film.

Tai said he made contacts on the road during his journeys to help link up with some of the world's most prominent surfers.

He also held ambitions to travel back to Indonesia in 2018 as well as Israel, where he said there were plenty of high-quality waves.

Coast teen's star-filled surf film to launch career

IN ACTION: Shots from Tai Jennison's new film Bloom. Juan Medina

His next film he hoped to extend to about half an hour in length, but it all depended on the quality of waves during shooting.

Tai hoped Bloom would open the door for more commercial work with surf companies and help him further his independent filmmaking.

He wanted to do more individual film and documentary-style work in the future.