Sustainable Sailors: Motley Crew Grows Food, Builds Surfboards at Sea

Not your traditional surf movie, ‘Wave of Change,’ a culture-focused travel documentary, shows one way to have a ‘low-tech surfing adventure’ and find surf bliss along the way.

Building your own shelter, growing your own food, traveling without a carbon footprint — all impressive feats on their own. But try doing it on a boat. That’s right, the crew of the “Nomade des Mers” lives, breathes, travels, and surfs as sustainably as possible.

“[This film is] an enthusiastic ode to simplicity that is both inspiring and arresting, to show that alternatives exist, in a world where technology remains omnipresent,” teased Picture Clothing producers.

In the film, professional surfer Damien Castera joins the crew of three onboard the “Nomade des Mers” — a catamaran sailing around the world in search of “low-tech adventure.”

What is low-tech, exactly? The crew thinks of it as adventures, innovations, and practices that are simple — and gear that can be easily repaired, food and products made locally, and more. Basically, live simply, live better.

LowTech Lab sustainable sailboat off coast of Mexico

Living off the water instead of living off the land is a cool start. Not only is this crew and their expedition fully self-sufficient (they repair old boards with mycelium fungi and cook with a solar oven), the film was also made sustainably by an organic, B Corp brand.

“The only rule on board,” the crew wrote, “is to go with the flow of the waves and the wind.” And of course, surf whenever you can.

Run Time: 40 minutes. Watch the full film. Filmed in Bahías de Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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