Double Barrel is a documentary film that follows Peruvian surf guide Harold Koechlin’s dream of protecting Peru’s world-class surf breaks and working with the local community to turn an oil-dominated north coast village into a truly sustainable surf town.
Angie Takanami is an Australian journalist with a passion for surf and travel. Harold Koechlin is a Peruvian surf guide and big wave chaser who toured Angie around Peru’s north coast on a recent surf trip. As they surfed and travelled, Harold expressed his concern about the difficulties of creating sustainable surf tourism with the dominance of the oil industry and numerous environmental issues that strain the region.
Between waves, Harold shared his dream to turn the small surf town of Lobitos into a truly sustainable eco-surf village, and to create the Lobitos Eco Surf Zenter, a sustainable surf tourism business with the ultimate goal of protecting the waves as an infinite natural resource for the next generation, the kids, to enjoy. Inspired by his passion, the land, its people, and the quality of surf, Angie vowed to return to share Harold’s goal with the world, and document his incredible journey.
Big wave surfer, eco-surf guide (Olas Peru Surf Travel); likes barrels and wants to see them saved. Lives in Lima, has two sons; dreams of permanently relocating to Lobitos to set up the Lobitos Eco Surf Zenter, facilitate The Lobitos Project, and save the waves for the kids.
Travel writer, producer, debut director; surf and travel addict, story teller, mother. Likes surfing left-hand waves and wants to see them saved, for the earth, and for the kids. Dreams of surfing in Lobitos for a long time coming.
Northern Peru predominately pumps out world-class left-hand point breaks, from Huanchaco, recently declared a World Surfing Reserve, to the world’s longest left-hand wave Chicama, and right through to the border of Ecuador.
A laid-back fishing village boasting a plethora of sunshine, surf breaks and an addictive friendly vibe, Lobitos should be on the global map as a surfing mecca. Instead, the ocean is dotted with oil platforms and while walking around town you have to avoid oil wells, rigs, pipes and sometimes pools of toxic waste. Outside your bedroom window the night’s mosquitoes, aka oil drills, pump relentlessly.
With a population fewer than 1000 people, in the greater district, Lobitos is trying to revive from a crumbling ghost town to a sustainable surf village. Despite its raw beauty and world-class surf, the town itself is crippled with abandoned buildings, oil drills, dangerous open pits, sewerage and waste management problems, and general poverty.
Fringing the town are oil pipes that cross the sand dunes. Moving north, the coastline and dunes are becoming increasingly threatened with locally dumped rubbish, unmanaged land claiming, and vast oil processing plants.
With the oil already beginning to run out, surf tourism is the town’s only hope for survival. Without sustainability, the waves, and the community of Lobitos, could be completely lost in just one generation.
• Follow Harold in 2014 as he uncovers his dream of protecting Peru’s world-class surf breaks and turning an oil-dominated north coast village into a truly sustainable surf town: The Lobitos Project.
• Uncover the key environmental issues that threaten Lobitos and the north coast;
• Meet the local community and document their lifestyles, while listening to their concerns as well as hopes for the future;
• Develop a relationship with local filmers and photographers to successfully document The Lobitos Project from it's beginnings;
• Raise awareness within Lobitos, in wider Peru, and globally, of the value of sustainable surf tourism;
• Inspire the local community through the joy of surfing, and introduce alternative, and sustainable, surf craft to the locals – fun for all levels, ages, both male and female;
• Return in May 2015 with a small entourage of Australian professional free surfers to surf and interact with the locals and revel in the fruits of Harold’s dream as it comes to life;
• Use the film to gain international and domestic sponsors to support The Lobitos Project, and ultimately drive sustainable surf tourism to the region.
We intend to create an honest and transparent film with minimal environmental impact. Surfers and filmmakers alike rely on oil to create our tools, however we can all make changes to our daily lives to minimize consumption and achieve a more sustainable balance with both our work and the environment.
Writer and Director: Angie Takanami with Harold Koechlin
Director of Photography and Editor: Tim Wreyford (Mick Fanning’s "Missing")
Producer/2nd camera unit: Gary Parker (Seastoke)
Producers: Chris Ashton and Angie Takanami (Switchboard Media)
Kickstarter campaign customer service producer: Celia Galpin (Exclusive Concierge)
Translation/Guide/Producer (Peru): Harold Koechlin
Soundtrack/Score: MT Warning
Surfers: Harold Koechlin (renowned Peruvian barrel chaser), Angie Takanami (gypsy surf mumma), and the locals of Lobitos (2014 stage 1 filming); with Dustin Hollick (Australian barrel chaser), Takayuki Wakita (Japanese legend big wave surfer) and more to be announced (stage 2 filming in 2015).
Where is your money going?
The Double Barrel Kickstarter campaign is to fund Stage 1 (August 2014) of filming and production. This entails:
• Core filming of interviews, landscapes, surfing, lifestyles;
• Trailer edit (2-3minutes);
• Trailer score;
Your donations will cover Angie’s return to Peru with filmer Tim Wreyford as they join Harold on the north coast to thoroughly document the waves, the people, the environmental issues that plague Lobitos and surrounds, and Harold’s interaction with villagers as they discuss his ideas and joint-solutions for The Lobitos Project.
Your donations will go directly toward:
• Travel and lodging expenses (including air tickets, insurance, rental car, fuel, accommodation, food: allowance $10,000);
• Filming costs, post-production and editing (allowance $3000);
If we exceed our goal of $13,000, your donations will help us cover any unexpected costs, kick back to local filmers and photographers who will contribute shooting stock footage throughout the year, help Angie's travel expenses delivering the trailer to potential major sponsors throughout Peru, the USA and Australia to fund stage 2 of filming in 2015 and funding The Lobitos Project , and cover the costs of marketing and promotion of the trailer for Double Barrel.
*We will be seeking major sponsors to fund the second stage of filming in 2015 seperately.
Your support to Stage 1 filming and funding the trailer is absolutely necessary to kick this film off the ground. We thank you so kindly for being a part of the journey with us.
How Kickstarter works
On the right, you’ll see the pledge levels with corresponding rewards. If we do not reach our funding goal, we will not receive any of the funds. If we hit our goal, then we can devote Angie, Tim and Harold to stage 1 of filming Double Barrel and complete a professional trailer to deliver potential major sponsors and the Peruvian Government to fund stage 2 of shooting, post-production and The Lobitos Project.
You can pledge whatever you would like, but here are a few incentives:
Pledge $5 or more: Thank you! Muchos Gracias! We will give you a really high-five when we see you in the surf, we really appreciate your support.
Pledge $10 or more: Thank you – and we’ll keep you updated by adding you to our digital mailing list so you can keep up to date with the film’s progress.
Pledge $25 or more: Thank you – on Social Media! We will give you a personal thanks on our Facebook page and add you to our digital mailing list so you can keep up to date with the film’s progress and check out exclusive behind the scenes photographs.
Pledge $50 or more: A digital download of the completed film (expected 2015), a “thank-you” on Facebook, and we’ll add you to our digital mailing list so you can keep up to date with the film’s progress and check out exclusive behind the scenes photographs.
Pledge $100 or more: You can expect a free entry ticket to the premiere closest to your location, along with, a digital download of the completed film (expected 2015), a “thank-you” on Facebook, and we’ll add you to our digital mailing list so you can keep up to date with the film’s progress and check out exclusive behind the scenes photographs.
Pledge $500 or more: You are now the proud owner of one of the grown hand planes crafted specifically for the film. ( Limited - only four available )
Check out our video, behind the scenes making the hand planes for the film!
Pledge $1000 or more: SURFBOARD! – Receive one of the surfboards ridden in the film. Limited – only two available).
Stage 1 (August 2014):
• Initial filming and shooting stock film footage;
• Edit trailer (2-3minutes);
• Score trailer;
• Deliver trailer to Harold to be used as a tool to attract major sponsors and funding from the Peruvian Government and Ministry of Tourism for The Lobitos Project and stage 2 of filming and post production.
• Additional post-production and marketing.
Stage 2 (April/May 2015):
• Filming with full crew, local Peruvians and surfers invited from Australia;
• Follow-up interviews;
• Edit complete film;
• Score complete film;
• Additional post-production and marketing;
One day Lobitos will become known as a place to hang and surf, where food and craft is all locally sourced. A place where you can feel comfortable to visit and stay for a period of time knowing your footprint is minimal. A place where everyone is working together. Thank you for being a part of Double Barrel the documentary, join us on our journey.
“The oil, it is running out. But the waves, if they are protected, they will last forever.” – Harold Koechlin
Risks and challenges
Double Barrel is a journey through film. With Harold as our guide, we are confident our shooting trip through north Peru in August will be safe and we will have access to meet and interview interesting subjects, surf and document great waves, and edit a trailer to release in late-August, early September.
As with all surf trips and travel in general, there can be challenges however with our committed team of hard workers we believe together we can tackle any problems professionally.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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