The birds are chirping. The sun is shining. And the temperature is perfect. But it all has us feeling a bit landlocked today and thinking about the ocean. So, we thought we’d share two surf-centered projects – one locally produced and another sponsored by Nissan – to help scratch the itch. Lovely work on both fronts.
Las Chulas: A Coming of Age Surf Documentary
Las Chulas is a character-driven documentary about coming of age and finding a place in the world. The story follows the lives of three unique young girls living in present day El Salvador as they face the challenges of growing up in a country rife with gang violence, drugs and poverty. Living in a small port city less than 30 miles from the capital, the girls discover surfing and with it, a newfound sense of their own potential and the possibilities of a life beyond the everyday despair that threatens to smother them. Learning to surf despite such seemingly overwhelming challenges as not even knowing how to swim, each of the girls lives fundamentally changes as surfing becomes more and more a part of their daily reality. For all three girls, surfing is an enormous part of their lives, but rather than circumscribing them, surfing opens the doors to even more audacious ambitions.
Denver-based Equipo Roca and Futuristic Films are collaborating on the project. The film has at least another year of production, based on a 4 year journey.
Pororoca X-Trail Amazon Project
Hoping to turn out a series of adrenaline infused commercials for Nissan, professional surfers Jon Rose (US), Mar Ohno (Japan), Sergio Laus (Brazil) and an entire film crew were flown down to one of most isolated and unique breaks in the world.
The wave, called Pororoca, is a tidal bore at the mouth of the Amazon River. It’s created when the leading edge of the incoming tide from the Atlantic forms a wave that travels up the river. Still a secret to most, the wave has developed into somewhat of a legend amongst surfers and an annual championship has been held there since 1999. Nissan put together this short film documenting the trip, as well as the wave. Additionally, Surfline has a fun little sideshow with Jon Rose detailing the entire adventure.
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