This short documentary, directed by Marco Mucig, is part of the Onde Nostre – Ritratti di Surf series that explores the lives of surfers, shapers, artists and other personalities related to Italian surf culture. “Natural Goods” tells the story of Luca Bressan, a designer who was born high up in the Dolomite Mountains, but always dreamt of riding the ocean waves – it is a “culture clash” of wood and salt. Wood, in fact, has always been part of his cultural heritage, his horizon has always been obscured by trees and mountains and the scent of the forest is part of his DNA. That is how salt met balsa. Bassan’s idea of living in the mountains and building surfboards might sound crazy, especially when he’s seen the waves in pictures more often than in real life. But when Luca discovered that madness was possible, his world became a different place, because once he rode a wave, he couldn’t get the feeling out of his mind.
And Solo Surfboards emerged. This project is all about wooden surfboards with a design that is on nature’s side.
Bressan was able to give vent to his passion for wood by customizing bikes and building snowboards, and then it was a natural transition to surfboard shaping. His background as a product designer is what makes his boards unique. In any field, the innovators are the people who see things from a different point of view and try things that no one has ever done before.
The filmmaker Marco Mucig has followed Luca since the very beginning of this adventure, becoming his self-proclaimed “partner in crime.” Mucig’s camera trailed him around Valdobbiadene and through the trees on the beaches of Fuerteventura, to make “Natural Goods,” an 8-minute short documentary that traces the genesis and development of Solo, the brand of surfboards created entirely in wood and natural materials and designed by Luca Bressan.