Cowboys of the sea

Tired of the 300-person lines in Malibu just to surf a quality wave, Argentine brothers Julián and Joaquín Azulay purchased basic camping gear and left Los Angeles a few days later, $1500 in their pockets and a dream to surf the intercontinental Pacific coastline. Their adventure lasted 403 days as they drove along the coast, surfing at some of the most pristine beaches in the Americas.

Let the river flow: FutaFest 2013 (photo essay)

The 5th annual FutaFest held late last month in Futaleufu, in Chilean Patagonia’s Palena province, was blessed with good weather and enthusiastic competitors from all over, from France to Peru to the United States. The festival highlights the incredible quality of the Futaleufu River which still flows free and pristine through the region, and is justifiably dubbed by the event organizers as “the number one” river in the world for rafting and kayaking.  For sure, if you scan most top five lists about the world’s best spots for whitewater rafting it is going to be there.

The biggest lure: An interview with Rodrigo Sandoval (video)

Our cover story in the current issue, “In Search of Patagonia Trophy Trout,” was written and photographed by Rodrigo Sandoval.  A Chilean, Rodrigo is a civil engineer, and a frequent writer, columnist and nature photographer for several national and international media. He is the author of a bilingual book about fly fishing in Chile, entitled "Chile, the Adventure of Fly Fishing,” is fly fishing columnist for the website Guioteca, and editor of
Our multimedia editor, Brittany Peterson, recently interviewed Rodrigo in his office in Santiago to get the backstory on his
article. We’re pleased to bring that to you now.   

Interview: Fly Fishing Show co-director Ben Furimsky

When we were planning the current issue’s special section on fly fishing in Patagonia, we looked around for the best places to distribute the magazine and we could surely find no place better than the Fly Fishing Show. Started more than two decades ago in Somerset, New Jersey, today the Fly Fishing Show is the largest fly fishing fair in the world. This year, from January to March, Fly Fishing Show events will be held in seven cities across the U.S.  Fortunately for us, the Fly Fishing Show also agreed to be an official sponsor of Patagon Journal and is distributing the magazine. Patagon Journal executive editor Jimmy Langman recently interviewed Fly Fishing Show co-director Ben Furminisky about the expo and Furminisky’s views in general on the sport.


How to catch trout (video)

The cover story in our current issue of Patagon Journal centers on how to catch the giant trophy trout in Patagonia. We recommend this video below from Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center for more advice in general on trout fishing. In the video you'll learn about the habits of trout, and other key tips.  Says Orvis: "Trout are seldom found every place in a stream and choose their location based on current, food supply, and protection. Learn how to narrow down your choices by fishing in the most likely places." 

The Mapuche I know

I have had the privilege of meeting many Mapuches. Some in rural communities and others in urban zones; some who are vocal about being Mapuche and others who keep their voices low about it. My role as a foreign journalist living in Chile has allowed me endless opportunities to share with them in many circumstances. For this reason, the recent attacks allegedly by Mapuches in southern Chile have left me shocked, along with many other people, because those actions are far-out from what it means to be Mapuche. I was also surprised by the warmonger response from the government and their announcement of a "frontal attack on terrorism." If there are "about 122 terrorists" as Interior Minister Chadwick asserts, let's not forget that there are more than a million people who recognize themselves as Mapuche in Chile.

Endesa plans dams for Futaleufu River

Futaleufú Riverkeeper, press release, Jan. 8 -- Fundación Futaleufú Riverkeeper, the first Waterkeeper program in Patagonia, informs that Endesa has announced it is advancing on 17 energy projects, including the megaproject Centrales Futaleufú. With a total installed capacity of 1,367 MW, the dams on the Futaleufú would together become the second-largest project in Patagonia, only surpassed by the HidroAysen project on the Baker and Pascua Rivers. The Futaleufú Riverkeeper will continue monitoring the development of this project and will be working with local communities and other organizations to develop a response to these threats.
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