Born in Surf, a stunning surfing documentary filmed and directed by Nami Miyagawa and Matthew Clem, interviewed Pelan Village’s Ryo Shimizu on his life and love of surfing.
Here is an excerpt below. To watch a trailer to check out the upcoming DVD, head over to Born in Surf’s website.
Hooked on surfing, Ryo realized he had to live near the ocean. This moment led him to Ogasawara where he built his own home and guest house in Coffee Mountain overlooking yakiba beach. Pelan Village is a WWOOFing location and a state of mind, founded with the goal to live a lifestyle that will preserve the earth for the next 7 generations. Ryo believes this is possible by changing the things that anyone, anywhere, and anytime are capable of doing. The water saving process and lifestyle at Pelan certainly inspire the visitor to think more deeply and creatively about the resources we consume. Ryo is also a kayaking tour guide and a founding member of Ogasawara’s Kaname Kai–a club that organizes an annual outrigger canoe race and other events focused on getting everyone involved with the ocean. A passionate member of the Ogasawara community, Shimizu-san is constantly working to create opportunities for everyone.http://www.ogasawaramura.com/en/stay/area3/pelanvillage.html