Gauchos del Mar: it means cowboys of the sea. That’s what the Argentinian filmmaking brothers Julian and Joaquin call themselves. From the looks of it, that’s exactly what they are. Alejandra Romo Marquez interviewed them as part of her coverage of this year’s Surffilm Festival in San Sebastian. They entered “Tierra de Patagones” and in this interview, Alejandra explores how they made their way to this remote island.
This article was originally posted on Alejandra’s blog, Pics from Where You’d Rather Be
Boys, how many times did it take you to prepare the journey to Patagonia and what was the most difficult part of this trip?
We started to plan the expedition to Patagonia during the Joaquin’s last four months at University. There we started to look all kinds of maps, Google earth, etc. We brought together a few proposals and we closed some collaborations with a couple of brands to do the journey. We meant to do it in three months but at the end it lasted six months.
The most difficult thing was to find new and good waves to surf, due to the very difficult conditions down there. The wind is terrible, the difference of tides is huge and a lot of beach accesses pass through private property.
Can you tell us a memorable experience that you recall from this adventure?
Yeah of course! Discovering our own country searching for new waves, getting to know the world’s southernmost cultures and making new friends is an unforgettable moment indeed.
What is the most difficult thing about coming back to Argentina after being out traveling so much?
The most difficult is always being in Buenos Aires, which is so far away from the ocean (450km). This is always balanced of being again with our family and friends 🙂
How is the coexistence during your travels, being brothers and being together 24/7?
Hahahahaa, the truth is that we get along really well! We have our fights of course, but they last very little time.
We always said that traveling as brothers and sharing the same passion is easier than doing it with a friend. A fight between us can last some minutes, and then you go back to normal. With a friend a fight can end up the friendship.
Of all the countries that you’ve been along your first travel from Argentina, for which country do you have a special memory and why?
We really loved the whole continent and sticking to only one country is difficult. We think that a lot of Latinos have the same DNA of being kind and humble. That was our experience everywhere out of the big cities with the people of the country.
What is so far the best surf session in your travels?
Maybe that one sharing all together with friends, finding a new wave. Those times when you don’t expect anything at all, and suddenly you discover it, is one of the best moments ever.
What environmental message you would like to transmit in your films, and how you live it during the trips?
We try to transmit a deeper connection with nature and walk away from the consumerism and the material objectives. We think this way, we could function more as a community, giving up about trying to reach material targets like a new car, a better phone, etc. This does nothing but complicate our lives.
On the other side, we want to transmit a social message of following your dreams and motivating people to go for it. If you really, really want to, along with great effort you will reach it.
What is the next adventure for you, Gauchos del Mar?
We are planning some trips to South Argentina and Africa!
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