BELLA VITA – an Italian surf film

Filmmaker Jason Baffa, known for the modern surf genre classics One California Day, 2009 and Singlefin: yellow, 2004, joins professonal surfer, artist and environmentalist Chris del Moro to make Bella Vita, an exploration of the blossoming and first-time-documented by an international team, Italian-surfng-scene. Both from Italian-born-fathers, Del Moro and Baffa spent three months traveling the Italian country-side not only in search of rideable surf but on a quest to re-connect with their Italian heritage and study how a land of old-world-tradition is embracing the modern sub-culture of surfing. At age 30, Del Moro has made a career of chasing the world’s best waves, Bella Vita finds him at a transition in life with an urge to find a deeper meaning to his travels and life experiences. The film captures him during this journey and explores the importance of family and culture in life. It also ex- poses to the world, that against popular belief, there are world-class waves in the Mediterranean Sea. SYNOPSIS Born of mistral winds and witness to the birth of Western Civilization, the waves of the Italian coast have carried merchants, fshermen, travelers and kings. Preserved like a Roman ruin, the surf of the Italian coast now carries surfer, artist, and environmentalist Chris Del Moro on a pilgrimage back to his ancestral homeland to explore a culture where old-world-convention and traditional craftsmanship have matured into a modern surf lifestyle and destination. Sound like a movie you’d enjoy? Watch it here