Big Wave Rider Vilayta & The Legend of San Borondon

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Big wave standup paddle surfer Vilayta and his crew chase the legend of San Borondon across the Canaries in search of giant waves, big risks and mythical islands.

Chasing Waves Across the Canaries

The legend of San Borondón is one of a traveling monk named San Brendan.  He and his followers discovered a mythical island off the West coast of North Africa in the year of 512. This island, as legends tell it, is the eighth Canary Island which can only be seen for brief moments from the surrounding shores of neighboring isle,  El Hierro.  Inhabitants of El Hierro claim to have seen San Borondon appear out of the ocean only for it to vanish again in the shifting mists.  Cloaked in mystery, some explorers say they have stood on the island.  It appears and disappears rising out of the Atlantic Ocean according to the tides, the moon and the lore.

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Seeking myths, riding legends:  Big wave rider, Vilayta, finds a slab off the coast of the Canary Islands in film, San Borondon.

Real Life Exploration

Sometimes a legend is too good not to explore.

What better place to chase mythical waves than along the coastline and coves of the untried, untested waters off the Canaries?

The film, San Borondon, is the real life history of an expedition to the Canary Islands in search of slabs, both big and unconquered.  Directed by Rayco Cano and featuring big wave hunters like Alexander Zirke, Ayoze Fernández, Daniel Bruch, Manuel Lezcano and including big wave sup surfer Vilayta, San Borondon is a beautiful portrayal of the spirit of adventure, magnificent waves and the giants who take them on.

 

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Vilayta finds a real and present moment in the towering surf of San Borondon.

Vilatya, born David Rodal Santiago, is a Tenerife local and has been riding Canary Island waves for a lifetime.  His presence on this trip, as a Starboard International team rider, represents another significant step of standup paddlers entering into the big wave arena.  The footage is magical, almost surreal.  The waves are heavy and real enough.

Check out the magic in the full length feature by clicking HERE.

For more stoke and story on big wave surfing, check out The Biggest Waves Ever Surfed: Nazare

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.