KIA Cold Hawaii is known for exceptionally good, crystal clear live streaming. This year we’ve teamed up with some new kids on the block. Their name is CPHLIVE and according to them, this year's Cold Hawaii production will live up to its former glory. Subscribe to the 2014 channel here.
On top of what we’ve seen so far we’ve added instant replay and slow motion and, thanks to our collaboration with the local National Park TV, a live studio with a full ocean view background.
At its core, CPHLIVE is a three-man team: Jeppe Søndergaard, 26 years old, mechanical engineer and responsible for everything technical, Pedro Bjerregaard, 34 years old, multimedia designer, creative director, and producer, and finally Jacob Thorn Jensen, 26, head of CPHLIVE production.
We spoke to Jacob, who told us that video production wasn’t the career path he’d expected when he chose to study for a degree in Political Science at Roskilde University.
"It all really just started as bit of a coincidence. We were invited to do a live production from a Dúné concert. Back then we didn’t really have any experience. We bought - we later found out - some crappy equipment and basically set it all up in three weeks. Nevertheless, in the end we managed to pull it off," says Jacob.
After Dúné, Jacob and his crew were hooked. One live concert became quite a few live concerts. Then in February they covered Frostgun 2014 in Val d'Isère – as it turned out, a pretty big thing.
"When we switched on the signal we were broadcasting live to 52 countries – the world was watching and we were the lifeblood that made it possible – what a rush," says Jacob.
Frostgun became a turning point for CPHLIVE. From there, the crew decided to pursue extreme sports to try to turn it into one of several areas of expertise.
"We really fell for the special atmosphere surrounding an extreme sport event. There’s just something about it that we like. That’s also why the Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is such a big thing for us," says Jacob.
Hearing Jacob Thorn Jensen talking about CHPLIVE, it’s clear that these young lions don’t see themselves as a technical solution, nor as pretentious TV producers.
"We’re a strange mix of live video production, engineering, visual performance, concept development, and production managment. Our goal is to bring professional live production and a rock’n’roll attitude together in a mix that will give the audience a much closer, engaged, and amazing live production," says Jacob.
KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is a job for Jacob and his crew, but they expect a lot more from the event.
"Last year we were in Klitmøller as spectators of the event. We were amazed by the competition, Cold Hawaii, and the special vibe surrounding the Cold Hawaii 'family'. Our impression was that the event gathered good people. Although we were not surfers, we still felt welcome,” Jacob concludes this interview.
We like it all - and look forward to having CPHLIVE around during this year’s KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup.