Mexico

Roadblocks and Thunderstorms: Michoacan Is Worth It

Roadblocks and Thunderstorms: Michoacan Is Worth It

Iʻm sitting in the van soaking wet as a thunderstorm rages around us. We are in southern Michoacan and this is the first real storm weʻve dealt with. Itʻs the kind of storm that has me questioning why I ever left the warm, dry confines of my home in Hawaii for this crazed adventure. 

Muddy Waves in the Valley of Special Coconuts

Muddy Waves in the Valley of Special Coconuts

Our next spot was La Ticla, a two hour drive south from Pascuales. La Ticla is a small town with an amazing wave. A wide muddy river feeds into the ocean here, creating both lefts and rights over cobblestones and sand. On south swells the lefts work while the rights turn on during those winter north swells.

Big Waves and Broken Boards

Big Waves and Broken Boards

… the five of us decided to drive six hours south to a spot called Pascuales for a few days. Pascuales – when itʻs on – is a huge, heaving, death barrel similar to Puerto Escondido. Itʻs a big beachbreak that closes out more often than not, but guys still charge it.

Running from Hurricanes and other nasty things

Running from Hurricanes and other nasty things

Waking up in a van in Mexico is pretty surreal. Waking up and realizing youʻre in Mexico and a hurricane is coming your way just plain sucks. The last hurricane to strike Baja (just a couple weeks before) did a number on Los Cabos. This time the storm was headed to northern Baja, aka right where we woke up. This was a day of driving: as far south as we could get.

Into Baja: US - Mexico Border Crossing

Into Baja: US - Mexico Border Crossing

Getting into Mexico is pretty easy it turns out. Just before crossing, we bought our Mexico car insurance ($175). Our blue van rumbled though the border at around noon and it took us all of 30 minutes to pay for our tourist visas ($20 per person) and car permit ($50 + $200 deposit). After a brief inspection where board bags were opened and perused, we were on our way.