Posts Tagged ‘mainland mex surfing’

Daylight Savings

November 17, 2012

combo swell

Daylight savings here recently really making it feel like winter is coming (75 degrees instead of 95). Time change means early morning light and fall means end of big souths and start of winter combo swells… Heading northbound soon so more to come from Baja

pick your shack


Marea Roja

April 3, 2012

Moved back to Manzanillo to find a crazy red tide (marea roja) and freezing water temps. We made it through winter but wow, never thought I’d be this cold in mainland mex! (click to enlarge)

marea roja + south swell

Not as red, but just as cold. 3 pelicans enjoying the view

Haven’t been back here since the hurricane last fall but seemed like the point is the same. Guy in the lip for an idea of the size

cactus vision

another mysto reef/ point with red tide and south swell

Kite Runner

February 27, 2012

Just enough on-shore to keep the lazies out of the water and the mexicans flying their kites…

it continues to amaze me that no one surfs after 1pm here... Sunday funday...

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Jalisco Happy Place

February 12, 2012

It’s taken a while but I’ve finally got a handle on what swell angle works where and having put in the elbow grease to explore north and south it’s starting to pay off…

The creek here at the moment is empty but come rainy season I have a feeling this place could get a whole lot better

the rogue cowboy shell-collector

if only it were a left!


January 29, 2012

280 km of Jalisco coast to explore on these winter north wests.

about 1,000 km from salina cruz, conejo has a cousin

new quad enjoying a new home

Couple theories on getting to the 2nd floor: (1) they bring their own ladder (2) keep it at the neighbors house (3) pull down stairs, attic style?

wind was on it by midday but still fun. one of the local boys leaning into a bigger one

Moving to Castles 14,617 km Away…

August 2, 2011

My new home gave me a nice warm welcome over the weekend

120 degrees is just too damn hot. And having “survived” the Arab revolutions of 2011 hiding out in the little oasis of Dubai, I decided it was time to move on. So, when you’ve gotten to the point where it no longer raises eyebrows when you tell your friends and family you live in the middle east, what’s left to get a rise out of them? Easy: “We’re moving to Mexico!”

wet season = green season down here

Although I will no longer be pondering the world from weird places in the middle east, I think it’s still worth keeping this site going albeit with a new twist (keeping the surf/ travel/ cultural commentary + sombreros, mustaches and tequila).

This is from a trip to Puerto almost 10 years ago (damn that makes me sound old). Bit more meat on my bones these days but it’s memories like these that have me psyched on the move

I’ve got a job down in Manzanillo, Mainland Mex. It’s a port town about 3.5 hours south of Puerto Vallarta and more importantly, 45 minutes north of Pascuales, home of large sandy tubes. I’ve watched a lot of footage of Pascuales and it definitely gets pretty heavy. But I’m sure in between the scare-yourself-shitless days there’ll be some epic tubes to be had. For now, here’s some sick footage from down the road:

one more shot of out front yesterday

Everyone Loves Mexico

August 16, 2010

There are certain places that if you just think about them or look at an old picture it takes you back to a special little corner of your mind where your brain pumps out the good neurotransmitters.  For me, and a lot of people I know, Me-hee-co is one of those places. I managed to squeeze in a trip back to Puerto this time last year and it was, as always, an awesome trip. It’d been 8 years since my first adventure to Puerto as the “grom” with Ian and Derek when we were holed up in one cheap hotel room, eating peanut butter and tortillas to save money and just stoked to be able to buy beer with no ID. The town has grown significantly, but the waves out front are still as glorious, and humbling, as ever.

its definitely more crowded in town but a solid swell still acts as effective crowd control

With the mega-swell on the way and our neighbors the Long brothers waxing up their rhino chasers I was scrambling to find a way for a mortal man to make use of the super swell smacking puerto (Greg got this mental one the next day that is questionably one of the biggest paddle-in waves ever at the famous Mex Pipe)

Greg Long on an absolute bomb. Photo: Edwin Morales. It was only a fraction of this size the morning before but more than enough to send me packing

A case of beer and an overnight bus and we found the points further south were doing their thing. The direction had a little too much west to really get the max swell energy but fun waves regardless.

After a month in Puerto Chris Rice was more than happy to lay down some big turns at the points. The hack after this bottom turn buckled the so called “un-breakable” Solomon

It wasn’t long before an old crew of da boys from La Jolla showed up to take over our quiet little base-camp. A week of right-point shralping and beer drinking ensued, and safe to say everyone was pretty psyched on the waves we got. Special thanks to Cesar and Lalo for keeping it ROOOTS

We were pleasantly surprised to come across our own mini Puerto (without any feral aussies in sight)

Expecting to be going right the whole trip, I was damn stoked to find some fun lefts


I put together some of the footage we got for the crew but here’s a taste of the intro and credit section…