Mainland 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.

Partying in San Poncho

Partying in San Poncho

The party had apparently been going for an entire week but we were here to catch the finale. Inebriated cowboys guided their horses to stomp and keep time with music in a kind of equine ballet. Big brass bands played music as a parade winded though the streets…  People in San Poncho can really party.