Chiemi Hatano

My Flite

Being a one man band and making a film is hard.

Even harder if you are a woman in South America.

Skip Kosminki, the Gringo Andres is a Californian that lives in Ecuador for more than forty years. He is a legend of surf, he is the man that a started the surf Culture in the country.

Andres is not just a Californian that brought the surfing culture to Ecuador. He is the real surfing lesson. The way he chose to live his life the furthest away from the system as possible.

In his house there is no television, computer or telephone he lives in the present moment; no virtuality only reality.

Andres shapes Amazing Balsa surfboards. His boards are pieces of art. His house is like a magnet of people from all over the world comes to visit him. The experience of living in his house was just incredible.

My Flite Trailer

Why did I decide to take a board

I went on my first surf trip alone and I really wanted to have the surfing experience. I went to Peru and I didn’t really find what I was looking for there and I got no swell so I decided to go to Ecuador. I heard about this fishermen village where the surf was good and the locals really friendly. So I ended up at Andres house. Since the first time I arrived there it all made sense all the real surfing experience I always wanted was there. I wanted to become like part of this Surfers family and when I saw one of Andres boards, I knew I needed to get one made for me.

My flite is a completely off the wall. As real as only the real life can feel. My time with Andres was like surfing a great wave to live with legend was the most amazing experience. I have found what I have been looking for a long time the surfing beyond the waters the surfing of life!

Chiemi Hatano

I studied filmmaking in Australia. After the course I wanted to make films but never found the subject or the right people to get involved in a project. When I randomly went to Andres house in Ecuador it was like having a moment of illumination!

It was clear to me what I needed to do.

I knew I wanted to live that experience and document it. Even if didn’t have anybody in my crew I would make my board, I would surf and would make my film.

take a peek at my showreel here.