|Leah Dawson deep in the barrel in Fuerteventura. Photo by Enrico Gorrea.|
The Earth is made up of oceans and lands, islands and seas, mountains and rivers. Its variety is seemingly creative, with each coordinate lending a new reality. In Fuerteventura, reality is unlike anywhere I’ve been before.
It feels like the moon. From nearly every point on the island, a tree cannot be seen; they are few and far between. I was told there were once trees, long ago, but they were all cut down to build on the other Canary Islands. Now, volcanoes and their rocks spread the landscape, making it look more like the moon than the earth. In a similar awe-inspiring way of nature’s grand creation, the land too is alive with its unique energy.
In the heart of a tiny town towards the north end of the long skinny island of Fuerteventura, you can find Casa Maccaroni — a quaint, clean home stay where water people and tourists can rent a room or three with their family or friends, and feel like home.
|Leah Dawson drives through the desert of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. Photo by Mauro Ladu.|
|Skating on the open road in Fuerteventura.|
|Leah Dawson plays guitar at Casa Maccaroni in Fuerteventura. Photo by Mauro Ladu.|
|Hammocks for relaxing at Casa Maccaroni.|
Casa Maccaroni is a unique place in the world. Owned and operated by former Italian pro skater Enrico Gorrea, the home stay is infused with Italian design and espresso makers. The energy is light, and all visitors are made to feel extremely welcomed and appreciated. Many surfers from all over Europe have begun to discover the hidden gem of Casa Maccaroni. I imagine his international business will continue to grow as well. Fuerteventura is a surfer’s dreamland. It just requires having a bit of luck with winds :) but surfing always requires luck...
After an amazing stay, I caught up with Enrico to learn a bit more about his project. Why Fuerteventura?
Fuerteventura came after I spent one season in Hossegor, working for a business called Water Surf Camp. They started getting me interested in the possibility to work with them during the cold winter season.
I used to come to Fuerteventura on vacation for the surf and because of some the friends living here like Julien of Joyas Surfboards that helped me a lot! I chose the island because the Canary Islands are close to Europe, easy to join with low-cost company, always warm and sunny and with consistent waves to surf! I had this dream to create something totally mine, a new project, as Casa Maccaroni. Here, there is still the chance to realize dreams as this.
|Blue waters against the arid landscape of Fuerteventura.|
|Leah Dawson getting ready to paddle in.|
Sometimes living in a small island is hard in general, the feeling of running always on the same roads and the feeling of being stoked.
Sometimes I miss the idea of taking the car and just driving hours to go somewhere else. To go to a concert or an art exposition or something more “social,” something more connected with culture and inspirations from something different than the life on the island.
But, then the ocean gives me the best feelings to remind me of how lucky we are! Here in Fuerteventura, you have less things and an easier way of life. We work a lot but we save everyday some time for us, for surfing or enjoying the ocean. Here you feel you slow down a little and you can take care of your passions. You can focus more in your life and growing your projects.
Island life is special and though at the same time, we live surrounded by the ocean, we live depending by nature elements, and this the biggest gift from Fuerteventura.
|Around the Casa Maccaroni Surf Lodge.|
|Filming with Leah Dawson on the skate ramp at Casa Maccaroni Surf Lodge.|
|Artistic touches inside the rooms at Casa Maccaroni.|
|Inside one of the rooms at Casa Maccaroni.|
Here the mood is familiar, cozy, informal. We created a kind of network of creative people like photographers, directors, painters coming for shoots or exposition or simply to find the right place to create in a good and inspiring atmosphere! What we love most of the people coming to Casa Macaroni is almost of them have the same good feeling here, and almost everybody come back after the first time. This is the biggest satisfaction.
|Leah Dawson finds a fun wave in Fuerteventura, wearing the Riviera in Panama. Photo by Mauro Ladu.|
|Filming in Fuerteventura during the sunset. Leah Dawson wears the Riviera in Panama. Photo by Mauro Ladu.|
|On the skate ramp in the backyard of Casa Maccaroni.|
|Farm to table version of surfing: shaping your board and then surfing it. Leah Dawson shapes her second board at the Joyas Surfboards workroom. Photo by Mauro Ladu.|
|Leah Dawson shaping at Joyas Surfboards. Photo by Enrico Gorrea.|