Interview with Yvon Chouinard

If you’re not part of the solution you’re still part of the problem, according to Yvon Chouinard. That’s why the Patagonia Founder Chouinard leads by example, lives a simple life consuming only what’s necessary and uses all his resources to protect the environment. A remarkable man.

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  1. I suggest the movie 180 south, one of the best movies I´ve ever seen.

    Conquerors of the Useless follows Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Along the way he gets shipwrecked off Easter Island, surfs the longest wave of his life – and prepares himself for a rare ascent of Cerro Corcovado. Jeff’s life turns when he meets up in a rainy hut with Chouinard and Tompkins who, once driven purely by a love of climbing and surfing, now value above all the experience of raw nature – and have come to Patagonia to spend their fortunes to protect it.

  2. Ditto on 180 South. One of my favorite documentaries in a long while and really turned me onto Yvon and Patagonia. Well worth the watch.

  3. Let My People Go Surfing is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. It really struck a chord with me and although I am still unfortunately working for a company that does not share my ethics (my financial situation is improving but I am still a bit shaky), I am currently working towards my goal of being self-employed. And when I am, I plan to follow much of Yvon’s advice.

    Thank you SO MUCH for this – more people need to hear what Yvon has to say!

  4. Love love this so much! Such an inspiration.

    Thanks you!

  5. Although I think letting people go surfing in work time seems like a lovely idea, I am not sure it would pass a Risk Assessment!

  6. I think he is a visionary ahead of his time & I think many people need to watch, listen learn. It takes a commitment to yourself to make a change in the world!

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