Sam Saunders left his New York home in February bound for Noosa, and hasn't been able to go back.
Sam Saunders left his New York home in February bound for Noosa, and hasn't been able to go back.

‘New York Sam’ makes the most of Coast lockdown

New-York-based Sam Saunders flew into Noosa to say his last goodbyes to his mother who passed away from cancer.

That was six months ago, and now Mr Saunders, 46 and his family are stuck in Noosa.

The US-based Australian recently called time on his advertising career and, along with his family, had planned to embark on a one-year hiatus to Costa Rica after his mother’s funeral.

But the worldwide coronavirus lockdown put a halt to their holiday plans, and the Saunders family have been making the most of their time on the Sunshine Coast.

‘We landed with our a*** in butter, big time.’ New York-based Sam Saunders left his New York home in February bound for Noosa, and hasn't been able to go back.
‘We landed with our a*** in butter, big time.’ New York-based Sam Saunders left his New York home in February bound for Noosa, and hasn't been able to go back.

“Funnily enough, the place we were meant to be is called ‘Nosara’, which is just like ‘Noosa’,” he said.

“We landed with our a*** in butter, big time.”

Inspired by his extended time on the beach, the innovative Mr Saunders has begun the initial stages of a surf movie.

“As a creative, I need to create something just for fun,” he said.

“We’ll be shooting in Noosa with Noosa talent.”

Titled Surf Film, the budding actor/director hopes to create a short film that shows a lighter side of the surfing world.

“I want to do a surf film that takes the p*** out of surf films.”

“It’s a genre that has never had the mickey taken out of it,” Mr Saunders said.

Although in the very early stages, the plan is to enter the film into the Noosa Surf Film Festival or other surf film festivals.

“This has never been done before, so I need to make sure I really nail it,” he said.