The Change of Tide

USA / CHILE • 2019 

In April 2019, together with Chilean outdoor clothing brand Haka Honu, we toured the waters and lands of western Patagonia. We were in the latitudes that previously belonged to the indigenous Chonos people, a magical land full of surprises. Haka Honu and their pro surfers went in search of waves and new adventures. We went there to study those distant waters, for human footprints. Change of the Tide is a multidisciplinary journey that combines science, sport and also art.  

En abril de 2019 junto a la marca de ropa outdoor Haka Honu recorrimos las aguas y tierras de la Patagonia occidental. Estuvimos en esas latitudes que antes pertenecían a los Chonos, una tierra mágica y llena de sorpresas. Haka Honu y sus surfistas profesionales fueron en busca de olas y nuevas aventuras. Nosotros fuimos a estudiar la huella de la sociedad moderna en esas aguas lejanas. Cambio de la Marea es un viaje multidisciplinario que combina la ciencia, el deporte y también el arte. 

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