In today’s episode, I will be taking you to Peru where my guest Amy Schwartz is running a remote working experience for surfers with wanderlust. Amy’s family business (she created it with her partner, John) [Unleash Surf] has been featured in The Inertia, GQ magazine, and even Forbes as THE destination for digital nomads, entrepreneurs and freelancers who want to take a step back from their 9–5 grind and put a new perspective on their careers. We talk about the untouched surf spots of Peru, the challenges of running an international business, and of course surfing!
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Today I am taking you to Lima (Peru) where I meet conservationist, lobbyist, filmmaker and environmental lawyer Bruno Monteferri.
Bruno is former semi professional tennis player gone green, and one amazing human who is leading Peru into becoming one of the spearhead nations for Nature Conservation.
Among other titles, Bruno Monteferri created Conservamos por Naturaleza, an NGO facilitating the organisation of events, cleanups and sustainable initiatives.
In our conversation we get to know Bruno a bit better, as he introduces us to some of the projects he’s leading at the moment. There are so many that it’s quite hard to keep up as he’s involved in protecting the waves, the rivers and the Rainforests of Peru.
Bruno’s latest creation, “A La Mar”, is a documentary sponsored by Patagonia and Save the Waves, retracing the story of La Ley de Rompientes (the law of the breaks) ; La Ley De Rompientes is a groundbreaking Peruvian law that has been protecting surf breaks for the past 20 years. It’s thanks to this law that Chicama has been preserved from man-made ocean infrastructure such as piers and oil rigs. What was really interesting, was that in the early 2000’s a bunch of surfers dared to grasp the nettle to defend their local breaks. With a lot of dedication, political and technical work, this community of surfers managed to create the legal basis of a law that is now implemented nationwide.
A la mar has been screened at the Adventure film Festival, FicSurf and the TNF Mountain film festival but it was made to be shared, so Bruno is offering to send it to whoever wants to get a copy. Hopefully by sharing it overseas, it will inspire surfers from all around the world to start influencing our leaders to change policies and protect more surf breaks. So don’t hesitate to contact Bruno to get hold of a copy.
On a more “surfy” perspective, Bruno gives us a guided tour of the best surf spots to visit if you are in Lima and shares his tips on preparing to ride Pico Alto, the Peruvian Mavericks.
To get in touch with Bruno, you can contact him via email, see what he’s doing in his NGO Conservamos Por Naturaleza. www.Hazlaportuolas.pe is the non profit in charge of protecting the waves of Peru and all donations go towards paying for the technical studies indispensable to prove the existence of surf breaks. Without the proof that the surf breaks exist, they cannot be enlisted as surf reserves.
As you will be able to see in the Links section of this article, there are all the links to the books and projects mentioned in this episode.
And to all you listeners out there, thank you for listening, it’s such a delight to make these podcasts and even more of a pleasure to know that you are listening.
Thank you Bruno for being such an inspiring guest!
Until next week, take care, have fun and enjoy the waves!
- Conservamos por Naturaleza : http://www.conservamospornaturaleza.org/
- Haz la por tu Ola : https://hazlaportuola.pe to support the funding of technical studies that complete the wave protection procedure.
- A La Mar, documentary : http://www.alamar.pe/
- Totnes: UK transition town leading the way in terms sustainability and circular economy : https://www.transitiontowntotnes.org/
- E.O Wilson “The Diversity of Life” :
- Global Forest Watch to monitor the deforestation around the world: https://www.globalforestwatch.org/
- The Waterkeeper Alliance https://waterkeeper.org/ Bruno Monteferri is Waterkeeper of the Marañon River http://maranonwaterkeeper.org/
- Save the Waves Coalition : https://www.savethewaves.org/
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Confuscius once said, “Find a job that makes you happy and you’ll never work a day in your life again” and Aviv is one of those people. Aviv is a video storyteller and he has acquired recognition from the movies he has produced with his drones. In this episode we discuss what career choices have lead Aviv to video storytelling, what it takes to run your own company and of course, surfing!
Aviv is from Israel and shares some cool information about the waves of Israel, so if you’re planning a trip there, you may want to pack a board…
But if there is anything to take from the episode, it’s the fact that you have to keep on learning, trying, and sometimes fail to find your passion. All experience (good or bad) is worth it.
Episode 1: Meet Colin Kuit: Entrepreneur, Outdoor Educator, Surfing Instructor, Wildlife Protector and M2O Finisher
Colin, is from South Africa and runs two outdoor education companies for International School Students, one in Bali and the other in the Kruger National Park. In this particular niche, Colin is an expert in teaching outdoor activities with an activist twist. Colin tells us his story and path and how he has evolved from being a lifeguard, teaching PE in the UK, to becoming the sports coordinator at Green School Bali and then taking the big leap and going solo. We get into what it takes to run an outdoor education business and how to fit in spare time for… surfing! Colin also tells us how he is preparing for the M2O Paddleboard World Championship, a mythical 52 kilometer crossing of the Channel of Bones, the shark infested strait of water between Molokaï and Oahu.
He also provides us with some interesting info on surf spots in Bali.