‘Double Barrel’ is a surf film that sets out to be far more than just another surf film… While the film will explore the beauty that is surfing, surf travel and the ocean as a group journey deep through Peru, at the same time it seeks to convey the importance of protecting the ocean before it is too late. The ocean feeds and sustains us, but a cocktail of accelerating human stresses is putting its future under catastrophic threat. We need to act now, not just to preserve marine life, but to protect the planet for our children. There must be a balance between the growth and the resources of our planet. Ever aspect of human existence is on the table, and until man kind can accept the fact that we cannot have everything… That our resources are finite and until makind begins to work with the earth and the animals then there can be no happiness for anything.
Peru like so many other parts of the world is threatened by greed and corruption, quick term solutions and the bottom line – how to make as much money as possible. Oil is being sourced all over the coast with little to no concern about the environmental impact that it is having and the communities it affects. One such community is the beautiful town of Lobitos, famous for perfect lefts, sunshine and offshore breeze.
Becoming a surf destination, a far better alternative to the oil industry, Double Barrel aims to follow the dreams of a Peruvian man and his passion to turn Lobitos into one of the first eco-friendly and sustainable surf towns, to create and launch a platform to raise money for a much bigger picture—for northern Peru to move away from the problems associated with the oil industry, which is short lived and spiralling towards and environmental disaster and instead, put the ocean and the waves at the forefront. The aim is to protect such an important asset to human life, one that if done in the right, way will benefit everyone in the community and to embrace surf tourism in the most sustainable and eco friendly way possible, which is a far more long term economy than the short lived one offered by oil and the likes
Angie Takanami is an Australian journalist with a passion for surf and travel. Harold Koechlin is a Peruvian surf guide and big wave chaser who toured Angie around Peru’s north coast on a recent press trip. As they surfed and travelled, Harold expressed his concern about the difficulties of creating sustainable surf tourism with the dominance of the oil industry and numerous environmental issues that strain the region.
Between waves, Harold shared his dream to turn the small surf town of Lobitos into a truly sustainable eco-surf village, and to create the Lobitos Eco Surf Zenter, a sustainable surf tourism business with the ultimate goal of protecting the waves as an infinite natural resource for the next generation, the kids, to enjoy. Inspired by his passion, the land, its people, and the quality of surf, Angie vowed to return to share Harold’s goal with the world, and document his incredible journey.
Northern Peru predominately pumps out world-class left-hand point breaks, from Huanchaco, recently declared a World Surfing Reserve, to the world’s longest left-hand wave Chicama, and right through to the border of Ecuador.
A laid-back fishing village boasting a plethora of sunshine, surf breaks and an addictive friendly vibe, Lobitos should be on the global map as a surfing mecca. Instead, the ocean is dotted with oil platforms and while walking around town you have to avoid oil wells, rigs, pipes and sometimes pools of toxic waste. Outside your bedroom window the night’s mosquitoes, aka oil drills, pump relentlessly.
With a population fewer than 1000 people, in the greater district, Lobitos is trying to revive from a crumbling ghost town to a sustainable surf village. Despite its raw beauty and world-class surf, the town itself is crippled with abandoned buildings, oil drills, dangerous open pits, sewerage and waste management problems, and general poverty.
Fringing the town are oil pipes that cross the sand dunes. Moving north, the coastline and dunes are becoming increasingly threatened with locally dumped rubbish, unmanaged land claiming, and vast oil processing plants.
With the oil already beginning to run out, surf tourism is the town’s only hope for survival. Without sustainability, the waves, and the community of Lobitos, could be completely lost in just one generation.
One day Lobitos will become known as a place to hang and surf, where food and craft is all locally sourced. A place where you can feel comfortable to visit and stay for a period of time knowing your footprint is minimal. A place where everyone is working together. Please show your support to such an amazing project by pledging a few dollars to the kick starter page – without the support this film and The Lobitos Project can not happen…