Patagonia releases The Fisherman's Son to global audience
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 April, 2015 - Ventura, California - Patagonia announced the global release of The Fisherman’s Son, a new 30-minute film chronicling Ramón Navarro’s rise to the top of the big wave surfing world and his growing voice as an environmental activist.
When one of Chile’s most iconic surf spots and Navarro’s home break of Punta de Lobos came under the threat of commercial development, Ramón, the son of a subsistence fisherman, turned his platform as a surfer into a campaign to protect a place critical to his sport and near to his heart.
Patagonia produced and Chris Malloy directed The Fisherman’s Son, in association with Save The Waves. It’s available for free to audiences around the world on Patagonia.com, YouTube and Vimeo – and it’s being distributed along with a call for individuals to take action and help Navarro protect Punta de Lobos forever by donating money to Save The Waves. The film has already received praise, recently winning The 5Points Award 2015 at the 5Point Film Festival in Carbondale, Colorado.
“I have traveled all around the world only to realize the most amazing place is my own backyard at Punta de Lobos,” said Navarro. “I want to protect this place for the fishermen and surfers who live there now and for the generations to come. Being given the opportunity to tell the story of my community through this film has been incredible, and I’m humbled at the response from people who want to get involved themselves.”
With leadership from Navarro and support from Save The Waves, local Chileans have so far been effective at holding back the tide of development around Punta de Lobos that would transform the point – impacting surf culture, hurting the local fishing trade and devastating the environment. The area was declared a World Surfing Reserve in 2014.
But the area remains under serious threat. Crowd-sourced funds generated by the campaign go directly towards the development of a conservation master plan and foundation to protect the point, protecting both the traditional fishing culture and local marine biodiversity.
The film can be seen below: