Back in 2001 two surfers visited the small fishing village of Pucatrihue in Southern Chile and for the first time, the local kids witnessed the sport of surfing. Their trip has had a profound impact on the small community and for the first time the locals saw the ocean as more than just a source of fish. Now a short film, called The Gift, documents the lives of two fishermen who have embraced surfing and the stunning coastline of Patagonia to inspire even more children to take up the sport of surfing.
The documentary by Eduardo Bartolome, was entered into an annual global film contest organised by Prime & Fire Selects, Talenthouse and BFI Future Film, which gives budding filmmakers the backing to create short action sports documentaries. The result is a powerful glimpse into the life of the Mapuche-Huilliche people of Pucatrihue, who number just 130 in population and how surfing has touched the lives of this remote fishing settlement.
As one of the surfers in the film says ‘it was all about being in the water’, something that every surfer in the world can appreciate. The short film can be seen below this article and you can head over to the Prime and Fire website here. Have you ever surfed the Patagonia region and what do you think the future holds for the sport of surfing in the area? Do you think it will it become overrun with surf tourists and mass building programmes?