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The Happy Life of a Nomadic Surfer

Mar 31, 2015 | 831 videos
Video by Sarah Menzies

In this documentary, a French woman named Léa Bassy describes how a life-long passion for surfing led her to the beaches of Norway. For seven years, she lived in a van; she owns few things and says she's content to have "the minimum." Filmmaker Sarah Menzies, who produced this short for Patagonia, follows along as Bassy prepares to paddle out in a thick wetsuit, complete with gloves, boots, and a cinched hood. (It is the Arctic, after all.) "It's like being in a fairy tale," Bassy says. "It's not just another place. It's a special place."

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Author: Chris Heller

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