Ode to the Sea: a film by Tomas Frezza shot in Peru and Uruguay | Photo: Frezza

Tomas Frezza is a 26-year-old man from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He got completely hooked on surfing when he was only seven, thanks to his brother.

The thing is, Buenos Aires is five hours away from the Atlantic Ocean, and the nearest surfing spot is Mar del Plata, a place where waves are not always consistent.

Many times, the brothers drove 250 miles to find nothing but crappy, wind-affected surf.

"So, in the last 19 years, I've been a surfer that doesn't actually surf, unless, of course, I can travel somewhere further. But I've always been amazed by how surfing shaped me and my brother's life although we were so far away from the ocean and surfable waves," Frezza told SurferToday.

"Ode to the Sea" is a film about this paradigm. It's about the sometimes inexplicable connection between people and the ocean. You'll definitely not find high-performance surfing; only regular surfers who love the sport so much.

Peru: Chicama pumps one of the longest left-handers in the world  | Photo: Frezza

The video features four different moments that make "Ode to the Sea" an exceptional work.

There's an introduction with a voiceover from an old man talking about his days as a young boy living near the ocean, describing how hard it was when he had to move because of his father getting a new job in some other place.

There's also a longboard session with Tomas' brother, another one with local riders, and then it ends with a little "Ode to the Sea," showing us how the ocean connects to not only surfers but also human beings in general.

"Almost all footage is from Chicama, the world's longest wave. The end section has some material from Uruguay that I have shot throughout the years," underlines Tomas Frezza.

"Initially, the short movie included parts from New Zealand, Indonesia, and Uruguay, but the footage, the backup files, and all the gear were stolen at Gisborne, New Zeland."

Take a deep breath, and appreciate the beauty of surfing, as an intimate dance between humans and nature.

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