EDITORS NOTE: The following is a transcription of events and experiences that took place during the filming of Road To Solitude by Isaac Zoller this past summer.
A Last Minute Surf Trip To Avoid The Lockdown And Keep The Sanity.
Last time I caught up with you guys I was just back from a trip to Tavarua, Fiji. Since then it has been a whirlwind of stay at home orders and travel bans. With each passing day new rules and restrictions have pulled us further and further from the road. For us who are used to traveling much of the year it was a shock to the psyche. I stopped looking at swell forecasts across the world and started to focus on projects at home. Months passed and summer arrived in California. Sunny days helped the lockdown feel a bit brighter, but the lack of swell and dense crowds was starting to get to me.
Once I finished my new surf film “GONE,” it was time to start thinking of ways to escape. It was the beginning of fall and Mexico had lifted its travel ban to the world. I started to plan a trip down to Puerto Escondido to chase some big walls of water on my brand new 8 foot gun. Everything was booked; 2 weeks in paradise where I would push myself and hopefully come back with some fresh footage. But 2020 had other plans. Just two days before our flight left for Mexico I got word from my friend in Puerto that the town and the wave would be shut down until after Dia de los Muertos in November. The police put yellow tape up and everything. Evading cops patrolling the beach for gringo surfers didn’t sound worth the hassle. We would have to pivot our plans and figure out another stretch of coast to sneak off to.