Spyder Surf Blog / Mexico

Try This "Surf" Trip for You & Your Non-Surfing Partner

Sunrise over Laguna Sontecomapan, Veracruz, MX photo by Scott Valor

This is Veracruz on Mexico's eastern coast. Not known for its surf, there ARE waves, but also a lot of other things to explore, especially if you are into the eco-tour thing.  Leave the big city behind and say hello to exploring the wetlands, fishing, SUP, and the occasional wave out front--something for everyone, whether you surf or not.

The food is off the hook and the people are friendly.  You get there by boat only, but you still have Internet, cerveza, great salsa, and fresh fruit.  Time to turn off that Droid or iPhone and go!

http://youtu.be/T-wtKtSEIco

____________________________________

Long time Spyder Surf friend Scott Valor is the author of "The Surfer's Guide to Mainland Mexico".  Check out his other surf info and photos on BurningPier.com, Scott's global surf travel blog.

Read more →

Veracruz Surf - Yes There Are Waves on Mexico's East Coast

[caption id="attachment_140" align="alignnone" width="1063" caption="Empty Lineup. No one surfs here. Laguna Sontecomapan, Veracruz, MX"]Sontecomapan Surf Veracruz photo by Scott Valor[/caption]

This should just tease you, because it's not a surf destination.  But take a close look.  What you see is a rivermouth beach break on a typical small afternoon.  There is no one out and that is chest-high windswell on the sets.  And the water is 80 degrees.

Now, if you are from the South Bay like me, you should be frothing.  Why?  Not just because there is familiar surf in a tropical setting, but here you will also find fishing, kayaking, SUP on the lagoon, bird watching, and excellent food.  One thing Veracruz has going for it is its superior salsas and sauces.  And music.  Ritmo ritmo ritmo como Cuba!

This is Laguna Sontecomapan.  The area is only accessible by boat.  Windswell and hurricane swell produce ridable waves all year.

It's not a secret spot, but no one knows about it...yet.

_______________________________________

Long time Spyder Surf friend Scott Valor is the author of "The Surfer's Guide to Mainland Mexico".  He will be blogging from Veracruz, Mexico from September 1-9.  Look for his updates here and check out other surf info and photos on BurningPier.com, Scott's global surf travel blog.

Read more →

Safe Travel and Surf Are Waiting For You In Mexico. Go!

Rio Nexpa Surf photo by Scott Valor

Surfers go anywhere for waves.  They are the first to say yes and the last to back out of any trip outside the US, especially when epic waves and warm water call.  Lately, though, so many have decided not to go to or return to Mexico because it has been portrayed as dangerous in recent years.

If this sounds like you, guess what?  You’re blowing it!  There are so many uncrowded spots in Mexico right now because people aren’t going like they used to.  Guess who gets to surf there?  Me.  My friends who don’t fear the country. Mexicans. Plenty of other smart travelers.  And we’ve all come back to tell you about it.

Let’s be realistic here:  Mexico is probably as safe as your own neighborhood.  But, just like your own city, some areas are safer than others.  Wherever you travel in the world, common sense is your guide to going to the right places.  For example, there are some neighborhoods in your city you probably will never go to, or won’t go to at night.  There is a reason for that.  The same applies in Mexico.

Here’s the other thing: violence in Mexico makes a good news story, so that’s all we hear about.  When’s the last time you read, “Nothing happened in Mexico today, except La Ticla was firing and offshore until dark and beer was consumed.”  Not gonna happen, so put it in perspective…

Doing foolish things attracts attention and increases risk.  Like anywhere else in the world, you make yourself a target, which is unsafe.  But the same applies if you did that at home.  Normal behavior is the key.

Here’s a final word of advice: if you think you will travel in fear, stay home.  The experience won’t be positive and you will miss so much of the culture and camaraderie that Mexico has to offer.

Now go charge those first class waves, enjoy the food, and meet new local friends…

Trafico en Mexico photo by Scott Valor_______________________________________

Long time Spyder Surf friend Scott Valor is the author of "The Surfer's Guide to Mainland Mexico".  He will be blogging from Veracruz, Mexico from September 1-9.  Look for his updates here and check out other surf info and photos on BurningPier.com, Scott's global surf travel blog.

 

Read more →

Spyder Surf is Going to Mexico!

Spyder Surf is headed to Veracruz, Mexico for the first-ever "Adventure Travel Mexico" Trade Show and Conference, September 1-9.  Stay tuned for updates, photos, and surf facts from south of the border...

La Ticla, Michoacan, MX

___________________________________

Long time Spyder Surf friend Scott Valor is the author of "The Surfer's Guide to Mainland Mexico".  He will be blogging from Veracruz, Mexico from September 1-9.  Look for his updates here and check out other surf info and photos on BurningPier.com, Scott's global surf travel blog.

Read more →