The Fisherman’s Son
Punta de Lobos, one of the world’s best left points, is home to Patagonia surf ambassador Ramón Navarro. Local community members, with leadership from Ramón and support from Save The Waves, have been working tirelessly to protect the point’s waves, heritage and environment from unchecked and unsustainable development. Preserving the way of life of multi-generational fishing families like the Navarros goes hand-in-hand with safeguarding the rich marine and terrestrial biodiversity of Chile’s coast.
Join us at Hobie Surf Shop in Dana Point for a stop on the Patagonia Film & Book Tour “The Fisherman’s Son” on April 10th at 6:30. Ramón Navarro will be at the shop sharing the movie, his personal story, and answering your questions on how you can be part of protecting this fragile environment.
We support Ramón, local citizens, and Save The Waves in their vision to protect Punta de Lobos forever—Por Siempre! See below for Ramón’s personal story and event details.
MY VISION FOR PUNTA DE LOBOS
by Ramón Navarro
When I was growing up I wanted to help my dad, and be exactly like him: a fisherman. Then a couple of guys blew into town with surfboards and wetsuits and I said, “Wow, this is amazing,” and then I wanted to learn to surf more than anything in the world.
So I learned to surf and started to travel the world, but I figured out pretty fast that the best place to surf was right at home. We have big waves, small waves and the traditional fishing culture I love. Nothing could be better.
While traveling, I saw many similar coasts around the world that had been polluted or were scarred forever by out-of-control developers. I saw places that were pristine before, but had already been ruined. I realized the coast that I loved so much was also under threat—from pulp mills, sewage pipelines, dams and senseless development.
Chile is an amazing country. I couldn’t be more proud to come from Chile and from Punta de Lobos, to be the son of my dad, a fisherman and diver. I know I have a responsibility to honor the generations before me by protecting the coast. I have to. It’s up to us to make sure there are traditional fishermen (and fish) in the future. It’s our responsibility to ensure our children and their children can see beautiful landscapes and biodiversity.
I was born on Punta de Lobos and I love Punta de Lobos. I’ll fight to protect it, and all of Chile’s coast—but it has nothing to do with what I want. It is for the future.
I know I can’t accomplish much on my own. I think everyone sees the right thing to do: Stand up to save some of these special places before they are gone.