BOARDSOCK GIVEAWAY

by Derek Dodds November 13, 2018 1 Comment

Wave Tribe

The state of Oaxaca (pronounced:
wah-HA-ka) in Southern Mexico is home to what could be considered the most-famous beach break in the world: Zicatela Beach, aka Puerto Escondido.

Published by Wave Tribe

Oaxaca Mexico Map

But few realize that the potentially fatal monster of a wave is flanked on both sides by incredible surf spots, many of which are well-kept secrets guarded by the kinds of people you don't want to piss off. Some local knowledge is key to really enjoying the region, as many of the best waves are sand-bottom right points located miles from the highway down little more than bike trails.

Crowds

Puerto Escondido has some pretty intense crowds, complete with their own homegrown locals who rival the guys on O'ahu's North Shore, so mind your Ps and Qs in the water, and be humble. As the swell increases in size, the men are separated from the boys, so if you're the former you might find it manageable. The points to the east used to be empty, but recent publicity and stories of perfection on the scale of the Superbank have caused an influx of visitors. Get it before it has Kirra's crowd.

Hazards

Thievery is probably your biggest concern, as Mexico is infamous for rip-offs and corrupt police. It's also a very hot, muggy place, so heat exhaustion is possible, but if you're gonna paddle out into 20-foot Puerto Escondido, losing your wallet or getting prickly heat are the least of your worries.

Surf Spots In Oaxaca

The Seasons: Surfing in Oaxaca

Summer

The prime surf season, summer is also the rainy, muggy season, beginning in June and lasting until October. Water temps are in the 80s; air temps in the 80s and 90s. Most surfers visit Mexico in summer.

Fall

This is when the booming south swells begin to taper off, but there is still plenty of action, especially at the beach breaks. Temperatures cool a bit, the rain eases, the tourists go home ... but the surf is still there.

Winter

The "coldest" time of year, with air and water temps hovering in the 70s. It's pretty dry, too, and south swells are nonexistent, so the Mexican surfer instead must focus on spots that catch northwest and west swells. Not a bad time of year, but not the best.

Spring

We reckon that spring is the best time to visit Mexico because it's still dry, temps are warming up but not too much, the tourist masses have yet to arrive, and you get those early-season south swells creeping up the coast.

Wave Tribe Oaxaca Better Map

When to Go

Oaxaca has consistent, year round surf, but many consider summer (April-Oct) as the prime surf season. Quality swells are generated from lows off New Zealand and these provide regular 3-10ft (1-3m) SW swells. Add the heavy action of the tropical storms or “Chubascos”, generated off mainland Mexico, which churn up swells of 6-15ft (2-5m) between June-Oct. Many of these hurricane swells are just too unruly and closeouts are common. Double overhead days are far from rare and during the height of the swell you will often see waves getting to triple overhead. Some of the time the combination of wind and swell is far from ideal. Between Nov and Feb, there will be lots of glassy or N wind days, but less of the strong swells. When the summer swells are pumping, there’s more chance of onshore, due W winds, blowing from 39% of the time in April to 17% in July. Afternoon seabreezes are an almost daily occurrence. The summer rainy season brings winds from all directions, but mainly a mild W-NW or a better E-SE. Tidal range is minimal and has little effect on most spots.

New Column New Column New Column New Column New Column New Column New Column New Column New Column New Column New Column New Column New Column
SURF STATISTICS
dominant swell
NW -
S -SW
S -SW
S -W
S -W
NW -
swell size (ft)
3
4-5
5-6
7-8
6-7
3-4
consistency (%)
70
85
90
90
90
70
dominant wind
W -NE
W -NW
SW -NW
W -NW
W -NW
W -NE
average force
F3
F3
F3
F3
F3
F3
consistency (%)
64
57
56
34
39
61
water temp (C)
27
27
28
28
28
27
wetsuit
boardshorts
boardshorts
boardshorts
boardshorts
boardshorts
boardshorts

Let's check the surf now . . .

Oaxaca Soul Surf: https://youtu.be/0SiwFjYKml0

Surf Lessons in Oaxaca, Mexico: Oasis Surf Academy

  • Rated the "Best Surf School in Puerto Escondido". They have a very warm, familiar and relaxed atmosphere. You can just get lessons or you can stay in one of their apartments and enjoy some tacos at Juan's Fish tacos right out front. Oasis has great quality surf equipment and Roger (one of the instructors) is even a shaper so if you damage your board he can repair it for you or just give you a new one to use. All of the instructors, Roger, Roger Jr., Sebastian, Enrique, Julio and Tito are fun, speak good English, bond great with kids, patient with beginners and those that don't speak Spanish. They even offer Spanish lessons! Impresionante!

Surf Camps in Oaxaca, Mexico:

Las Palmeras Surf Camp

  • Located in the town of Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, approximately 2-5 hours south of Huatulco, Oaxaca, where your plane will land. Hautulco is located in the central (coastal) part of Oaxaca, approximately 4 hours south of Puerto Escondido and about a 1.5 hour flight from Mexico City. The house features air conditioning in the bedrooms, hot water, high speed Internet with WiFi, cable television and all of the comforts of a modern home. They offer surf sessions, 3 meals a day and alcohol (extra $).

Punta Chivo Surf Camp

  • Located in Salina Cruz, they offer everything from airport pickup and dropoff and access to secret spots via hummer. They avoid crowds as much as possible and even have drone photography to get some rad shots of you riding those waves.

Where to stay in Oaxaca, Mexico

Hotel Santa Fe

Located in Puerto Escondido right on the beach. They have a very friendly staff and a restaurant with yummy food including vegetarian cuisine but you are also in easy walking distance to all of the restaurants in Zicoleta. The rooms have AC's and are old school Mexican style. Hotel Santa Fe has 2 pools and beautiful grounds to explore! Check out their page.

Hotelito Swiss Oasis

Also located in Puerto Escondido about a block from the main drag and beach. If you get a downstairs room you get your own hammock, upstairs you get your own balcony. Rooms come with a fridge stocked with beer for a small fee like 15 pesos or something and the hotel is known for awesome customer service and is very clean! What more could you ask for? The only thing that might be an issue is finding the place, I guess some cab drivers don't know exactly where it is? So just make sure you have the correct address and you're ready to go!

One Salina Cruz

Located in Salina Cruz, Mexico, of course. Nothing too fancy - just a descent place to stay and within walking distance to Walmart, where you should apparently stop at on the way to grab some bottled water since that seems to be a rare commodity at this hotel. Reviews include: "Average, but one of the best is Salina Cruz" and "Excellent Value"

Where to eat in Oaxaca, Mexico

La Olita

Located in Puerto Escondido. Their fish and shrimp tacos/burritos are awesome made with fresh ingredients Baja style. They have yummy guac, gold beer and mojitos. The establishment is small and unassuming with a "hip ambiance". The owner is a super cool local surfer that goes out of his way to make your experience enjoyable. The only issues I see is that the hours of operation are a little scattered. So make sure you give them a call or check out trip advisor to make sure they're open before you head their way!

Cayuco Mezcal y Cocina

Located in the sand at the west end of Zicatela beach in Puerto Escondido. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance while you watch the beautiful sunset and eat their amazing ceviche! (Seriously people say it's the best they've ever had). Some of the other favorites are their Mahi-mahi, seared tuna and cold tomato soup with mussels. The location is ideal if you have little ones with you or you just want to stick your toes in the sand while you eat since the tables are at grade on the beach. They have live music on Thursdays but that's their busiest day so expect delays receiving your food or drinks since they only have one server as of February 2015. Hopefully they've hired one more person since then so you can get that ceviche más rápido!

La Ola

Located right on the beach in San Augustinillo, it looks like a great place to just relax, have a couple of shrimp tacos, some tuna tartar, and some fresh squeezed tangerine juice or a clamato while you watch the waves. If you're lucky you might run into the crazy lady with "the lord's chips". They sound delicious.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Laguna de Manialtepec is a natural habitat made by a sand reef which separates the lagoon from the sea. The best time to go is right before sunset, at dark the water turns phosphorescent just like in the movie "The Life of Pi". You can rent a canoe of your own or take a guided tour (if you're staying at the Hotel Santa Fe they will hook you up with an awesome tour guide). Don't forget your bug spray!

Wave Tribe Laguna De Manialtepec

Read Next

Santa Barbara Surfer Leaves it All Behind to Sail to Tahiti




Derek Dodds
Derek Dodds

Author


1 Response

NEW SURF TRAVEL APP AND HELP US PLANT TREES | On White Surface
NEW SURF TRAVEL APP AND HELP US PLANT TREES | On White Surface

February 15, 2016

[…] Oaxaca, Mexico […]

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Salt Water High By Wave Tribe

Shark Deterrent and Detection Technology Demystified: What Works, What Doesn’t and Why
Shark Deterrent and Detection Technology Demystified: What Works, What Doesn’t and Why

by Derek Dodds November 27, 2018 2 Comments

Technology is meeting sport again with the advent of various technologies to repel sharks in the hopes of reducing shark encounters and shark attacks.But do shark deterrent actually work?What evidence is there for their efficacy- on shark encounters vs. actual shark attacks? How affordable and accessible is the technology?
Surf Trip By Car Through Mexico & Central America. Issue 2: The Dogs of Mexico
Surf Trip By Car Through Mexico & Central America. Issue 2: The Dogs of Mexico

by Derek Dodds November 20, 2018 7 Comments

We camped at La Bamba for two weeks, maybe 100 yards from the break. Our camp was fortunately and unfortunately positioned right by the entrance to the beach; we had to take only a few steps to check the surf, but we were also privy to all the foot and surf tour traffic.I surfed at least twice everyday and as many as four times per day while at La Bamba.
Surf Trip By Car Through Mexico & Central America. Issue 3: El Salvador
Surf Trip By Car Through Mexico & Central America. Issue 3: El Salvador

by Derek Dodds November 20, 2018 2 Comments

Since my last post, I’ve been living on the third floor of , in full view of Punta Roca—perhaps the best view (from a surfer’s perspective) of the point break. I watched a local connect every section from the top of the point to cove at la paz, around a minute long ride!
Size Chart

Surfboard Leashes

You Break It We Replace It in First Year. 

Buy a leash closest to your board size—i.e. for 6'4 surfboard you need a 6' leash. 

All leashes are 7mm thick, competition leashes which are lighter/thinner 5.5 mm. 

Pioneer Day Boardbags - Fits One Surfboard

All boardbags have +2 inches. Thus a 6'6 board fit's perfectly in a 6'6 boardbag. All Pioneer bags have expandable fin gussets, so you can keep your fins on your board in the bag—or you can roll with glass-on fins.

Pioneer Sizes:

All bags have interior pockets (fins, leash and wax), bags fit industry standards. 

Our 8'6, 9'6 and 10' bags have fin slots and round noses. 

Pioneer bags also have an exterior pocket and zip all the way to the nose.

Travel Bags - Fits Two Surfboards

All Global boardbags have +2 inches, so if you buy a 6'2 boardbag, the real length is 6'4—thus you have a bit of room to play. 

Global Travel Bag Sizes:

Travel boardbags are 6'-8' inches deep to accommodate two boards—though you can travel with one in these bags without a problem—there are two interior pockets for leash, wax, and fins.

Surfboard Travel Bag Pockets Fin Wax Leash

Travel boardbags have two padded boards separators and two pockets for your gear. 

* Travel boardbags also have 13mm + 13mm of extra padding in the nose and tail.

Travel Bags with Wheels - Fits Two Surfboards

New in 2016 is the double travel bag with wheels. Sometimes you want a smaller bag with wheels, now you can have it. All Global boardbags have +2 inches, so if you buy a 6'2 boardbag, the real length is 6'4—thus you have a bit of room to play. 

Global Travel Bag Sizes:

Travel boardbags are 6'-8' inches deep to accommodate two boards—though you can travel with one in these bags without a problem—there are two interior pockets for leash, wax, and fins.

Wave Tribe Wheelie Surfboard Travel Bags

Travel boardbags have two padded boards separators and two pockets for your gear. 

* Travel boardbags also have 13mm + 13mm of extra padding in the nose and tail.

Boardbag Material & Hardware - All Bags

Side A of the bag is made from a strong density Rugged Eco Hemp exterior which is one tough fiber and naturally built to last with high impact padding protection with Rebound Foam Dynamics including open-to-nose technology.

Side B is the reflective (rental-car-roof-side) made from Reflective Energy Shield for "Cooler Surfboard Safeguard" protecting your surfboard from the sun's harmful rays made from an alloy-steel mesh weave.

All Sides are guarded by our Japanese Never-Rust-or-Break Nickel Platted Zippers streamline zipper trails and our trademarked Easy Flow Zip System.