We spent two weeks exploring and surfing the Oaxacan Coast from Puerto Escondido to Salina Cruz. This area is really famous amongst surfers around the world, but was surprisingly not too crowded.
It was really helpful to have our van to get out to all the point breaks along the way. We first hit Puerto Escondido. Which is a popular resort town with a massive intense wave at Playa Zicatela. Many people drown here, and it is so powerful that you can snap your board or even yourself in even small surf, so I decided not to surf.
It was cool to camp right in town and spend a night, but we both are not really looking to do any more “resort” towns. We don’t go out and “party” much like we used to. Every day is a bit of an adventure and resort/gringo towns are generally expensive and cater too much to vacation partiers. As we continued our way down the coast toward Salina Cruz, we passed several little beach towns. Many had little yoga centers, bars, cafes, but not great surf. I’m really focused on getting better at surfing, with a goal of getting in 100 days of surfing in during the trip. I’ve been keeping a surf journal and so far I’ve gotten in about 40 days, and we’ve yet to hit the awesome waves in Central America.
Our next stop was in a spot called Zipolite. There is a wave there and it has a backpacker, weed smoking, nude beach, graffiti bungalow vibe, which was interesting for a few days. We camped under some of these graffiti beach bungalows next to some traveling musicians. We liked the laid back vibe and amazingly, we got wifi right on the beach, which made it a cool place to catch up on things.
This place also has several bars, and luckily I was able to see my University of Wisconsin Badgers play in the finals of the NCAA tournament vs Duke. It was an incredible feat for the Badgers to make it to the finals, but they just didn’t have enough to beat the powerhouse Duke in the end. Where we went next is where we spent most of our time and that is Cocoleoco surf camp in Concepcion Bamba near Salina Cruz.
This is the perfect spot to stay, meet other surfers, get some great home cooked meals, and surf some of the best waves in Mexico. I really love meeting surfers on the road. Surfing is one of those few passions that addicts people and drives them to travel all over the world in search of great waves. Almost everyone we met at the surf camp was on a long term trip (months+) looking for surf. There were 3 vans there that had driven from California like us. Everyone was so talented and dedicated, asleep by 9pm up before dawn. Eat, sleep, surf. This environment really helped me focus and realize all the areas I need to improve. Need a lot more experience and wave count to be where I want to be, and hopefully the upcoming 3 months in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica will allow me to progress rapidly. I am so thankful for these past few weeks to get to surf some of the best waves of my life so far though (Concepcion Bamba, Chipehua and San Diegos).
In particular, the last two days, I had the best sessions of my life at this huge long right wave at Chipehua. Legendary surfer Tom Curren http://tomcurren.com/ was in the lineup one day (it was only 5 of us in the water), and complemented me every time I got a wave. All week, I got to surf with so many amazing people including British Pro Taz Knight http://www.tazknight.co.uk/ who was staying in our camp with his friends from Devon.
So blessed to have this time to focus on new skills and meeting new people! Next up, we take a (very) small break from surfing by crossing our next border into Guatemala.
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