Mele Saili Surfing the Mediterranean with Onde Nostre and Friends for the new film 'Nausicaa'

April 06, 2018

Written by: Mele Saili

Nausicaa is a new surf movie directed and filmed by the magnificent crew of Italian visual artists- Onde Nostre.
A film focused on surfers, artists and watermen/women from Italy and around the globe. They come together to adventure through the Mediterranean, by land and sea, in search of surf in lesser known places.

Fellow California surf cast:
Makala Smith
Andy Nieblas
(Notably the best crew to start and end a trip with.)

Once meeting up with these two, in the ocean of insanity also known as LAX, we paid our Satan's offering to Turkish Airlines of an accumulated $666 in board fees. Feeling lighter in the pocket, we began the long 21 hours of travel that lead us to finally touch down in the snow covered winter wonderland known as Milano; here we were met by the Italian crew:

Luca Merli - Director/Filmaker
Filippo Maffei - Photographer
Betta Dal Bello - Stylist
Alessandro Ponzanelli - Surfer / Bing Team Rider

After a warm welcome, we quickly proceeded to venture onward by ferry for an additional 12 hrs, to our final destination...

Most of our time was spent on the notorious island of Sardinia. Well known for its history and rich culture, this Italian Eden was a beautiful neverland of rolling hills and vast green fields, where one often notices roaming flocks of sheep and horses.

Despite the cold at this time of year, one could not help but look to the coastline, and take in the beauty of such a picturesque paradise.
As the trip went on, we continued to add to our crew. Last but not least:

Natalia Resmini- Illustrator/Artist
Seba Concas- Sailor/Surfer and Native Sardinian
Moana - The Red Sailboat (and our home for the remainder of the trip).
Each day was a constant and continual search for waves. Spending many hours driving around the beautiful bends of the coast or sailing to outer small islands. Along the way learning so much about Sardinian culture and traditions.

Never had Italy ever crossed my mind as a surf destination, however, I quickly found that the most unsuspecting places can be the most adventurously rewarding. - Mele Saili
Nausicaa is in the making. A festival cut will be presented at @ssffmilano in May 2018 together with a selection of photos by @filippomaffei starring @mele_saili @ponza_nelly @andynieblas @lex.weinstein @margause @shredsista @maona_sailingboat @nataliaresmini @matteofabbri_

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