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Gauchos del Mar — Surfing the American Pacific

by on Monday 7th April, 2014   21237 Visits   Comments

Eyes glued to a glowing screen, fingers tapping on plastic, we have all dreamed of relinquishing responsibility and heading into the wild. Few carry out this desire, weighed down by home comforts and commitments, but those who do shine as a beacon of possibility.

In March 2010 two Argentinian brothers, Joaquin and Julian Azulay, were in Los Angeles working frantically to put together an architecture exhibition. Business school loomed ahead for one, full time employment for the other, and the weight of a static future lay heavy on their restless souls.

“One afternoon we went for a surf session at Manhattan Pier, the waves were fun but the important thing was that the trip started there.” says Joaquin. “Seemingly out of nowhere my brother decided to quit his plans and work for some more months in California to buy a car, then drive back home (Buenos Aires).  I joined immediately, without thinking about my academic obligations, or on how we were going to be able to finance the adventure. It was a crazy idea going on an endless surf trip with my brother, exploring the American Pacific coast.”

Seemingly out of nowhere my brother decided to quit his plans and work for some more months in California to buy a car, then drive back home (Buenos Aires). Joaquin Azulay

When a truck had been purchased and camping essentials accumulated, the boys set off, cruising past the packed lineups of Southern California with glee. From this point on they transformed into their adventurous alter egos, the Gauchos del Mar (cowboys of the sea), a pair of moustachioed brothers keen to squeeze every drop of life from what comes their way.

“After 403 days, 13 countries and 30,000 kms camping and surfing in the American Continent, from LA to southern Chile, we got back home.” says Joaquin. “We put our heads down and produced a documentary of the trip, which won 9 awards at international film festivals.” The photos above provide a tantalising glimpse of what they encountered. If you want the full story, their film, Gauchos Del Mar: Suring the American Pacific, is available on to rent on Vimeo on Demand HERE.

Follow the Gauchos on Facebook HERE. Instagram: @gauchosdelmar

 

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