This Chilean entrepreneur’s passion for nature has nurtured his love to surf, and is the core inspiration behind his eco-tourism company, Oceanos, in Pichilemu. Taking in the tranquility of the crisp Pacific, this surfer’s local break is known for being the longest lefts in Chile. As a familiar face in the local surf community, he has participated in the Quiksilver Invitationals and Ceremonials at Punta de Lobos and is a proud brand ambassador for a local activewear line, Haka Honu. Ismael’s charisma, knowledge and business savy is channeled into further expanding his own eco-tourism business, Oceanos. Already providing surf lessons and surf trips to individuals travelling through Pichilemu, he has expanded his offerings to include wine tours of the Central Coast in Chile.
In Pichilemu, Chile and looking to surf? His contact details are below, so don’t be shy to give him a shout.
Name: Ismael Herreros Montero
Date of Birth: 10.14.1984.
Height: 6’0″ (1.83m)
Location: Pichilemu, Chile
Local Break: Punta de Lobos
Countries Surfed: Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, New Zealand, South Africa, Indonesia and travelling soon to Indonesia and Australia
Experience (Years): 19 years; Since I was able to stand on a surfboard on a left wave
Inspirations: My greatest inspiration is nature. So, I try to spend as much time out there as it gives me good vibes and the feeling of belonging to something greater than myself. Surfing is my way to feel completely connected with nature. The feeling of the moving water inspires me to be original and artistic on land and in the water.
How did you get into surfing?
My older brother started body boarding and then surfing, so I would borrow his equipment to learn.
Can you give us an idea of what your typical meals in a day would be?
In the mornings, I like to wake up and have green juices, fruit juices, toast with avocado or ground bananas mixed with oats and seeds. Typically for lunch and dinner, I’ll either grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants or make some salad or homemade pasta.
Do you do any stretches or exercises pre-surf or post-surf?
I practice Asana yoga to stretch pre and post surf. Also, I practice with a Yoga swing to stretch my back and invert my body. I believe yoga is a great way to work out the body when I’m not surfing.
What do you grab for a post-surf snack?
My favourite post-surf snack would be fresh fruits like watermelon, grapes, bananas, etc. When I’m not having fruit, I eat a lot of chocolate lol
What’s your favourite gear?
I love surfing, and just like the waves the equipment really depends on the conditions but I like all sorts of equipment. I would rather be longboarding than trying to land an aerial on days when the waves are 3 feet. Also, I like bonzers and single fins a lot too!