Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Eat, surf, and live the slow life in Maderas // Korduroy.tv

Have you ever wondered how is to live a slow life in a tiny community surrounded by surf and papayas?

A few months ago I wrote about this for the blog of Korduroy.tv and it's just being published on their platform. Take a look on how I spent three months of my life down there:

"Life here at Maderas beach is certainly slow; it cant be another way, you can't force nature to be different, so the natural thing is to adapt and go with the flow.

Maderas beach is a very small beach close, but far away from San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. In terms of distance, the beach is no more than 10km away, so it's very accessible. So, why do I say is far away then? Simply, because it's such a mission to get there. The dirt roads are in such bad shape, that every time you go to San Juan, it takes the entire day. Maderas beach is small; there're no groceries store or anything similar around, so you're obligated to go to town every time you need something.

Despite being small, this beach is a very proud community. If you look around, you have no more than five places to stay, but most of them are named after Maderas beach. Most of the businesses here belong to expats, so it's really interesting to see all the different personas and how each one of them has a different vibe and approach, and how they come together through a very basic principle: enjoy the simple and slow life on your own terms.

Maderas beach view
Locals just enjoying the afternoon

I originally came here to collaborate in a creative project for The Maderas Village community, and ended up staying a month more. I discovered that even though you have all the time in the world to do all the stuff you want to do, it's really funny to realize that days are very short and you end up not doing much of what you had planned. Time has passed so fast, it's really hard to believe that I've been here for almost three months documenting the slow life.

We have very few things to be worried about here in paradise. One of those things for us surfers is "the tide". Here, the surf works better with high tide, otherwise the waves are very steep and shallow. The beach break is very powerful and the wave is very fast, so for some it's very important to have enough water to fall on. Other people really enjoy the rush of adrenaline – they only go on low tide in order to get barreled and have "break-neck" waves..."

Please read the full article here, and don't forget to follow Korduroy platform with great news about art, surf, video, etc.

Surftrip with friends of the Maderas Village
Floater in a very green afternoon
Coolest Swiss chicks I met in my stay
Machete pumping some lefts in the dry season

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