Deep Water
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Deep Water:
Basque Country

The North Atlantic rumbles to life in the fall and winter, becoming one of the planet’s most reliable producers of significant swell. The latest edition of the Deep Water series takes Kohl Christensen to the rugged shores of the Basque Country, a place where plenty of heavy surf—and plenty of wine and pintxos with the locals—awaits.
Ramon Navarro gives thanks for one of the best days ever at Punta de Lobos, Chile. RODRIGO FARIAS MORENO

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Choosing to skip the crowds, Otto Flores puts his local knowledge to work at a spot farther up the Puerto Rican coast. MIKE NELSON

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Board shorts should work flawlessly in the water and be made with materials that cause the least environmental harm. In stretch and static fabrics, our designs are function-driven, built to last and backed by our Ironclad Guarantee.

Summer Surf Catalog

Single-handed sailing, paddling out to empty reef passes, spearing fresh ono for dinner, tackling environmental problems with the same tenacity it takes to charge giant surf: Our new Surf catalog provides a look at some of the things that inspire us most, as seen through the lives of Patagonia ambassadors Liz Clark, Léa Brassy, Hank Gaskell and Dan Ross.

2016 Surf Catalog
Body language: Kimi Werner shares a moment of unspoken connection with a humpback mother and calf. DAN SILVEIRA

The More Things Change (Trailer)

When Gerry Lopez first surfed Uluwatu, the fabled wave was pristine, magical and empty. He returned 40 years later to find it bustling and developed. After a week of surfing and yoga, however, Gerry tapped into a spirit of place that continues to endure. Presented by Patagonia, the full 26-minute film is coming soon.
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Embracing carbon-neutral surf travel, Liz heads home to Swell after a morning session in the South Pacific. LIZ CLARK COLLECTION

The Voyage of Swell

By the time Capt. Clark made it back to shore, her crew had disappeared without a trace.

The crew, in this case, was Amelia the Tropicat, Liz Clark’s sole companion on her sailboat, Swell. Though she’d spent most of her life afloat, and bore the name of an esteemed female explorer, Amelia had always been a bit suspicious of the ocean. “I was going surfing with a lady who lives on the island where I’m writing my book,” Liz remembers. “But we had to cross a lagoon to get to the smaller islet where the wave was. I only had my board, and Amelia hates swimming, so a local offered to take her on his canoe. It was slippery fiberglass, and she fell in twice on the way across. When we got there she was pretty upset, but I toweled her off and she seemed alright. So I set out some water and food for her as I usually do when I go surfing. When I came in, she was gone. I searched for hours, but she never reappeared. I finally gave up, but knowing she was on a contained islet with plenty of rats to eat, I felt OK about leaving her there.”

With Amelia gone, it was back to solitude. Being alone was nothing new, though—a decade of single-handed sailing had given Liz plenty of practice in the art of independence.

Liz was only 7, when she first started sailing dinghies in San Diego, California. Her love for the water deepened with time, eventually leading to surf contests and a collegiate national championship. After finishing her degree in Environmental Studies, she met a retired professor who was hoping someone would sail his boat around the world so he, at 80 years old, could live vicariously through the voyage. Liz was the perfect candidate, so they began outfitting his Cal-40 for transoceanic travel. Her dream was to sail to unspoiled islands—and to find remote places where she could paddle out into perfect, empty waves.

Léa Brassy in the beautiful turmoil of a breaking wave. VINCENT COLLIARD

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Three’s company: Kapolioka’ehukai (Heart of the Sea, aka Rell Sunn) paddles out at her home break with Pao Kalani (Bridge to Heaven) and canine pal Lokahi (Harmony). Circa 1994, Makaha, Hawai’i. JOHN RUSSELL
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Let’s keep it looking this way forever. Punta de Lobos, Chile. JOE CURREN

The Fisherman’s Son

Ramón Navarro found his passion riding the biggest waves on the planet. But his accomplishments in giant surf are just one part of a bigger vision to protect the culture and environment of the Chilean coast. Watch The Fisherman's Son, recently named Best Documentary at the SURFER Poll Awards.

Help Protect Punta de Lobos
“As surfers, we all have the responsibility to protect our waves.”
—Ramón Navarro

A few years ago, Patagonia ambassador Ramón Navarro came to us with news that the shoreline of his home spot, Punta de Lobos in Chile, was in danger of being paved and privatized for large-scale condo and resort projects. We’ve seen too many unspoiled coastlines lost to thoughtless development over the years, so we knew we had to do everything we could to help. In partnership with Save The Waves, we launched the Punta de Lobos Por Siempre crowdfunding campaign, raising funds to safeguard biodiversity, protect the surf and preserve access to Lobos for all.

We’re happy to report that there has been significant progress in the last twelve months: The locally based Fundación Punta de Lobos has been created to acquire and manage land through conservation easements, and a promissory note has been written to sell the iconic property at the top of the point, known as the Mirador, solely to the Fundación. Putting our money where our mouth is, Patagonia is also matching $100,000 in donations to the campaign. The local activists and donors we’re working with have made amazing strides, but the Fundación is still in need of funds to acquire the Mirador. A difficult battle to protect the entire shoreline of Punta de Lobos still lies ahead. But if we all pull together, we can help make Ramón’s dream a reality: To preserve the fragile beauty of Punta de Lobos, now and forever.

Ramon Navarro gives thanks for one of the best days ever at Punta de Lobos, Chile. RODRIGO FARIAS MORENO

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You can slow way the heck down when you travel, or you can speed way the heck up. With the wind turning onshore, Reo Stevens throws spray at one of Indonesia’s low-tide racetracks. JASON WOLCOTT