Casa Lola is a documentary film project I started writing a while ago.
Hopefully it can come to life soon. Below you can find synopsis about the story.
Keep scrolling down to read more.
This film is a story about a handful of committed fans in the Basque Country, who left
everything for the sea. In the mid-seventies - before surf had made an impact in European
popular culture - a group of guys retired from the conventional lives they were leading,
and moved to Casa Lola: a house in the Northern Spanish countryside.
Within the conservative environment of the country, they managed to learn the craft
of shaping and how to respect each other, to surf all they could, to host surfers from
all over the world, to live barefoot, to mingle with nature - and to write the first lines
of surf history in Europe. They were free.
Casa Lola is a box of memories opened by Iñigo Letamendia , one of the founders
of the project, and many other surfers and shapers from all over the world who lived
in Casa Lola and brought their knowledge to the Spanish beaches.
In this personal journey to the past, we’ll bring back the experiences of the different
characters that lived in the house, we’ll discover stories about the first surf boards that
were crafted in Europe, and we’ll witness how this community found something that
many people are still seeking today: freedom.
These are not only stories of surfers, but of nomadic spirits that arrived together
in a place that provided the happiness they were looking for. It’s about foam, the shaping
of a culture, respect, endless bathes... it’s about driving beside the coast hunting the swell,
learning, sharing... it’s about friends that came and left forever, with surf in the veins...
It´s a chapter in the book that should be written.