At Lazarote – On a secret and sad spot
2019 CANDY BARRELS
I WANT TO EDIT THIS VIDEO AS A TRIBUTE TO SANTIAGO CRUZ LUIS.
I am just on the way for a nice free bodyboarding session, with my friend Rafa Medina.
After walking pretty much two hours down the hill, we finally arrive closer to THIS secret wave.
This moment has been in my mind for a long time. It took me a long time to share this terrible happening with you.
This day will be remembered as a dark one in the Canarian bodyboarding history.
As we are getting closer to the spot, Rafa and I can see a boat in the channel and we firstly think there is someone fishing overthere.
As we arrive at the location, there is no one out, no boat and we imagine it is too dry to surf.
Anyway, I decide to go in the water and while I am getting changed, a girl comes to me saying that I should take care as it is super dry. She tells me that a rider touched the reef just before we arrive.
I go into the water and realise that it is actually extremely shallow so the ride may be impossible or really dangerous.
I am surfing for about one hour by myself and as the tide is getting higher more riders arrive as Rafa and few other local guys. Then a man shows up in the line up saying that the rider that has touched the reef few hours before has died from his injury. We are all shocked but we still do not know who is this rider.
When I go back on the beach, later in the afternoon I have like 20 « missed calls » on my phone as people knew I was around.
I finally find out that the rider is Santi, a great bodyboarder from Tenerife. I cannot not believe it.
I remember the sensations I had when I was surfing alone, I was thinking by myself that things happen so fast when Life has decided it is your time to go…
Always in our heart. Ride in peace Santiago Cruz Luis.
Filmed by: Daniel Meana
Edited by: Daniel Meana