Hola ondas!



Hola Frothers!

Landed !

I am now in Chile, and drove down to the coast straight away, to Pichilemu.

Those of you who follow the Big Wave comps would know, or at least would have heard about the place. The place can hold big surf. I mean BIG !!

The Chilean coast line is as pretty as it is hostile: cold water, cliffs, rocks, strong currents, seaweed (XXL format)…but wild and raw. And, like the whole of South America, the place is Goofy’s paradise! Only lefts, wherever you look.

If you’d wake up at 5:30am for a surf here, you’d be the first one for sure. You’d actually be surfing in the dark. I mean pitch black. The sun only rises here at about 8:30am. Perfect for me this morning: I could sleep in to recover from the jetlag of an express trip around the world, and catch the first surfers paddling out!

All those shots were taken at Punta de Lobos (Point of the Seals – haven’t seen any though): an amazing left. Long. Looooong.

The charts are forecasting a pretty decent sized swell…Let’s see if the forecast is more reliable in this part of the World. I’ll keep you posted soon !

Cheers !


For more of my adventures on instagram: @franckgazzola


Bye Bye Snow. Bye Bye Ice.



Hi Frothers!

That’s a wrap-up for me in the Arctic.

After close to 2 months walking on a frozen Ocean whilst I am usually used to gliding on it, regardless of the toy chosen, I will be back to warmer temperatures very soon…in South America. But first, I have 6 days straight of travelling. Ikerasak crossing the sea-ice to Uummannaq (sleepover)- helicopter to Qaarsut – plane to Ilulisat (sleepover) – Plane to Kangerlusuaq – Then Copenhagen (sleepover) – Paris – Dubai – Sydney (sleepover) – Santiago de Chile, final destination. Frequent Flyer points written all over it !

As I leave behind the Arctic Ocean, the Sun doesn’t go to bed anymore, the temperatures are slowly rising to -5 degrees, making it feel like Summer when I compare it to the -25 degrees when I arrived.

I’ve met great people. I’ve been diving in the coldest waters I’ll ever be diving into, I’ve seen more life under the ice than I ever expected to. I’ve seen the most amazing landscapes that I have ever been blessed to see. I’ve done so many things that I never imagined I would do. I’ve had ups. I’ve had a few downs. But the taste of this Adventure is forever a sweet one.

Bye Bye snow and ice. Hola America del Sur. Off to see what the Chilean & Peruvian coastlines have to offer in regards to liquid water this time, and beaches made of sand and rocks.

Till then, hasta luego.


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For more of my (polar & current) adventures on instagram: @franckgazzola