Kepa Acero has lost it.
Lost all the hang-ups, the insecurities, the need for constant companionship so interwoven into the fabric of what we know to be surf travel. His raw, crudely edited video self-portraits are like cobbled-together snapshots of a lonely globe trekker sending dispatches back to the world.
(Hell, even Timmy Turner had Travis Potter and a goat to keep him company while he lived like a feral animal on a tiny Indonesian island. Click here to see Turner’s exploits.)
And that’s okay–he’s not competing for Best Cinematography at the Surfer Video Awards. Kepa is a storyteller at heart, and his sojourns reflect a desire to step off the beaten track and truly interact with the strangers he meets and the exotic waves he discovers.
His videos have an inherent charm (note the typos in the subtitles) that frame his wanderlust, a burning desire to find a dream wave around the next corner. His “Surfing the End of the World” video, where he documented his solo adventure into deep Patagonia, was a minor Internet sensation.
Kepa, as some may be inclined to infer, is not just some random hippie Spaniard who roamed out of the forested Basque country with a GoPro mounted to his stick, rising like a phoenix to surf stardom via the World Wide Internets. Far from it, actually. His brother, Eneko, might be Spain’s greatest competitive surfer, toiling on the now defunct WQS in the late 1990s and 2000s with moderate success. Kepa did likewise for a short time.
And perhaps his time on the ‘QS reveals something about his quest, that need to turn away from the circus, the maddening crowds, the hunt for an extra .5 to advance into the next round. It’s here that he becomes the surfing everyman, because deep down we all want what Kepa’s found.
Here’s his latest dispatch and discovery somewhere in India: