North Shore Stories by Juan Bacagianis
THIS is a resume of Juan's thoughts as expressed by the people who inspired him to start his trip, spoken in the land he dreamed of as a child: the North Shore of Oahu.
Thomas Wolfe once said, "he who lets himself be whored by fashion, will be whored by time". I feel the system has taken surfing and the sea, (this last resource I always had to get away from the world) and turned it into some kind of fashion sport, where many riders don't even know why they are in the water or what do they want to do with it. I do not like rules, and suddenly, surfing has turned so competitive and similar to other traditional sports that what I see is just a product of marketing
Surfing is much more than the news of a signed sponsor contract, who surfed the better championship, pressures and associations. I'm not saying that all this is bad at all, I think it's even necessary ... But that vision of surfing just bores me and like me there are many people who enjoy the simple act of watching a story about a specific wave told by someone who has lived this experience from within. I feel that the actual image of surfing has been made by people who are not even surfers. My search is sincerity, and my pictures and movies are the true reality that I see as a surfer and communicator
Surfing and filming the ocean is what keeps me connected with what I really am, I spent many years away from the ocean, living in a big city. Almost half of my life, either my university education or my previous work kept me living in a city that had no sign of the sea within a 200 mile range. Surfing has always been my own escape, not to escape from my life, but not letting my life escape from my soul. In my photographs and in my videos I always try to return to what I felt about the ocean when I was a little kid and started surfing in my hometown, Mar del Plata, Argentina.
*Juan founded his own production company following a serious illness, No Sponsor Media,, and now works freelance for various TV companies.
Original Footage by Juan Bacagianis
© 2013 Juan Bacagianis