Be Water My Friend

For over a decade now, Nixon have played host to an annual trip with ten of the best European surfers, in a bid to discover fresh terrain to surf, without the pressures of the public or the press.

This year saw the crew visit Hainan, the beating heart of China’s rapidly expanding surf industry.

Desillusion presents an alternative view point of this years contest.


This short film is based on the article “If You Leave”, published in Desillusion Magazine 49, Volume 1. Available here:


Featuring Jonathan Gonzalez, Marlon Lipke, Gony Zubizarreta, Kepa Acero, William Aliotti, Gaspard Larsonneur, Eric Rebière & Vincent Duvignac
Filmed by Alex Laurel
Additional Filming by Gustavo Imigrante & Ben Wu-Tiu-Yen
Edited by Robin Pailler