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Under Desert Sun

A mission to the edge of the Angolan desert to surf a left-hand pointbreak with untold potential

In October of 2012, Kepa Acero ventured to Angola alone in search of waves. On the trip, Acero discovered a perfect African sandbar with untold potential, but didn’t score a big swell. A year later, Acero and Dane Gudauskas returned to the desolate coastline as a massive swell pulsed through the Atlantic. Under Desert Sun, by Kevin Voegtlin, documents their mission, which is also a feature in our upcoming January 2014 issue.

| posted on November 20, 2013

In October of 2012, Kepa Acero ventured to Angola alone in search of waves. On the trip, Acero discovered a perfect African sandbar with untold potential, but didn’t score a big swell. A year later, Acero and Dane Gudauskas returned to the desolate coastline as a massive swell pulsed through the Atlantic. Under Desert […]

  • SurfSkating

    Congratulations for this great Surf Film! You can watch a great interview of Kepa Acero about this experience, here:
    http://goo.gl/mSVNpJ

  • Matt

    Agreed that was awesome. Dig seeing these missions to undiscovered spots.

    • Tim Rogers

      Drever is that you ? Rogers here

    • Tim Rogers

      Nice flick, normal waves, good surfing.

  • Magoo

    Beatiful

  • Quieroser Basurko

    He sells it as an adventure and it is pretty cooked. The camera follows both surfers, cameraman into the water…not authentic, but nice tubes. Seems that he wants to sell it to politicians to live from it as the previous movies ( 5 conts… ). Nice picture though. Boring gnarly screams at the end. Next one, please a righthander, as it is allways a left in Kepa’s videos. Can’t wait to see next one. Congrats.

    • ThatDank

      ah, and I assume you’re more a survivalman. Buzz off twerp

      • Quieroser Basurko

        Yeaahhh!!!…those two were simply Rocky and Rambo, going out for ”mambo”!… I guess that when you see whats in the backpack of an industry based on telling stories, you start to realize that they become some kind of tales for people to belive in and the mystic of the adventure gets so pissed off that almost is a joke. That joke is well paid by conferences and routing the film all over the world ( that pay the fee ), and the industry keeps moving forward to the next adventure ( ejem… ). lie? I do believe in pure adventurers, not the comercial ones…i do enjoy every surfers movies…even the homemade lost spicy ones…

    • ben keys

      Not an adventure? Are you freakin kidding me? How many West African nations have you travelled to ALONE in search of surf?
      The guy is an inspiration and we should be thankful he’s also talented and resourceful enough to share his trip with us cubicle farmers.
      How would you like it filmed? By a sand crab on the beach? Gimme a break..

  • mess

    wow, great little film!!

  • Diego Santos

    Este video, me ha recordado que había escrito unas líneas sobre la conferencia de Kepa en Madrid el pasado verano. Por si es del interés de alguien que sueña despierto.

    http://www.surf-in.org/kepaaceromemories/

    • IBREM

      good job…good waves…new places…

  • Quieroser Basurko

    He sells it as an adventure and it is pretty cooked. The camera follows both surfers, cameraman into the water…not authentic, but nice tubes. Seems that he wants to sell it to politicians to live from it as the previous movies ( 5 conts… ). Nice picture though. Boring gnarly screams at the end. Next one, please a righthander, as it is allways a left in Kepa’s videos. Can’t wait to see next one. Congrats.

    • Luis Mambrini

      You go basurko , i wanna see you going basurko in any off the beaten path right hander in the world

      • Quieroser Basurko

        Sorry, quite tricky for you to see me in any wave, as i don’t make videos to promote myself. I just enjoy surfing.
        Invited to come to mentawai and probably you could see me catch any kind of wave with my red mini simmons and whats left of my old style

  • ThatDank

    Kepo Acero is the adventurer we all wish we were.

    • wolfmann

      uh, no thanks.

  • logan hadley

    An amazing video would watch it every day

  • Stubeedoo

    I really enjoyed this film. Not to take anything away from it, but one thing that puzzled me was how, in the middle of the Angolan desert and supposedly completely alone, at one point a crowd of a dozen or so Angolans appear on the beach to cheer as they surf?

    • Quieroser Basurko

      Alone…yeahhh….some people look like childish…they believe in father christmas.
      I do believe in Unai Basurko, and living for fun with a lie in his pocket and a politician hand in my shoulder. So does Kepa. He does well, and we enjoy his videos. But, please be true to your viewers…and keep some words unsaid .

    • Guest

      dont take everything you hear so literally, jeez

  • Yoda

    Amazing and inspirational. Good work boys.

  • MD

    Dane Gudauskas: “There’s no one around except us”.

    Not for long Dane, not for long…

  • Shadrack Midenyo

    I was born in Africa and when I came here, ever since I saw my first surf video, i have wanted to move by the sea and surf. I want to travel back to motherland and surf some of Africa’s waves. People like Kepa are an inspiration, I want to discover waves from Africa because I believe there are places out there in Africa still undiscovered like my country Kenya. I also want to introduce surfing to lots of Africans. Until then, let’s hope I move near the sea.

    • AL

      Kenya has plenty of waves mate. You just need to know where to look.

  • disqus_OEgZBXFVyT

    simply cool

  • Quieroser Basurko

    Yeaahh!!…those two were simply Rocky and Rambo, going out for ”mambo”!… I guess that when you see whats in the backpack of an industry based on telling stories, you start to realize that they become some kind of tales for people to belive in and the mystic of the adventure gets so pissed off that almost is a joke. That joke is well paid by conferences and routing the film all over the world ( that pay the fee ), and the industry keeps moving forward to the next adventure ( ejem… ). lie? I do believe in pure adventurers, not the comercial ones…i do enjoy every surfers movies…even the homemade lost spicy ones…

  • nick shearman

    People have been surfing this coast for a long time managing not to expose it. Kepa Acero adapt his travelling act and quit filming and broadcasting. He came to West Java in Indonesia and exposed fickle short shallow reef waves as well as one palm point. Five years ago there was no one, now its a scene, inexperienced European surfers breaking femurs, lacerating skulls, destroying coral.
    Great Job mate, no wonder you struggle to sleep in your tent. These are facts and not hates.

    • ben keys

      Angola’s a pretty big country, mate. I don’t think he exposed too much with a few pulled-back shots of points and sandhills. You think someone’s gonna whack up a surfcamp there now? It’s a digital age, you might have to get used to it.
      PS – One Palm Point was ‘exposed’ by the Fitzgerald kids and the old man in the early 90s. If it took 15-odd years to become a scene, that just proves stories which show secret spots have almost no effect on numbers traveling there.

      • nick shearman

        Your ignoring the facts in support of someone you have never, (I’m assuming) met or suffered the direct / indirect effects of his absolutely shameless continuous self promo campaigns.

        I’m in no denial of any ‘age’ digital or otherwise. Like Steinbeck says ‘We will rich soon, and you who handle poverty badly will handle riches equally badly…If everyone acted liked Kepa Acero, the serenity that is, to some extent still surfing, would be gone.

        Fact: Kepa Acero shamelessly self promotes (for what end I can only guess, and don’t really care). Fact: His digital media posts have directly caused congestion at previously remote and uncrowded breaks.
        Fact: Injuries have occurred due to surfers inexperience (and I’m not referring to one palm)

  • http://islandexplorerbook.com/index.html Dan Scheffler

    Yes, this video has perhaps been presented in a way which makes the place seem more remote than it really is, but anybody who has travelled extensively in Africa will know that it would have taken a lot of hard work and persistence to make it to that spot. To organize it all and then to score good waves on top of it makes it so much more difficult.
    I also liked that they showed some waves that were not overhead and perfect for a change – that is what you find on a real surf trip too.

  • South African surfer

    Awesome video and footage. But it always amazes me how the “outside world” “discovers” and then exposes waves that we have been surfing for years. First Skeleton Bay and now Angola…

  • Martim

    I live in Angola! Me and my friend (Morango) surf the same days, the same waves but not at the same time unfortunately. The next time in Angola give us a call! Great Movie!

  • Beohbee

    Another classic Kepa adventure…
    Very nice job!

  • martin

    great movie! But i wanna know what dane is surfing all the time, i would trade a lot of things for his first wave :)

  • sean spencer

    it’s nice to see a video for once that doesn’t show an air reverse every fucking other clip.

    • Jim

      I can’t agree more. Just smooth and styli surfing.

  • MR_CPTN

    this really makes me dislike the word frothing even more, sick spot tho!

  • James B

    KEPA ACERO IS THE MAN!! LEGEND AND ABSOLUTELY INSPIRING!

    • song?

      Wow, your first positive comment, congrats.

  • Ben

    Makes me think to an african version of “into the wild” :)