Photographer Gianluca Fellini hits the Southern Peninsula for the ultimate surf escape
Gianluca Fellini never stays in one place for long—over the past year, the photographer has drifted between Oman, Dubai, New York, Italy, Ibiza, the Caribbean, Paris and back to Italy again. But a recent trip to Baja California Sur left a lasting impression. The journey was set in motion following a powerful experience swimming with whales in Hawaii in 2014; afterward, Fellini set his sights on a famous lagoon on the Baja peninsula called Guerrero Negro, where he hoped to see them again. He packed up a car, enlisted an old friend to join him and set off from L.A. But they were too late. The whales had left a day or two before they arrived. After spending the night with locals who own a seashell farm, the pair drove south the next morning with no destination, no timeline, no agenda, no map—just two free spirits on an impromptu adventure. Each day, Fellini made tortillas with banana for breakfast (swapping out bananas for avocados at lunch and dinner). Along empty beaches with sculpted dunes, they’d surf for a few hours and sleep in the back of the car, rarely encountering anyone else, save for a few fellow nomads. “The beauty of this desert is the silence that we rarely get to experience in life,” says Fellini. “It’s very humbling and it was exactly what I was looking for.”
Photography by GIANLUCA FELLINI.
Written by KELSEY McKINNON.