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Kauai Surf Out of the Ordinary - Knowing "When" to Go is What Matters...

Kauai, the Garden Island, home to surfing gems such as Hanalei Bay, has its share of lesser-known breaks that are equally fun.  We're not talking "secret spots" here.  We're talking about those breaks that are clearly marked on all the tourist road maps.  The problem is not WHERE to go, but knowing WHEN to go.  And that's something you'll have to learn for yourself.  It's well worth the exploration, so go and score!

[caption id="attachment_228" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Kauai 5 for Spyder.com by BurningPier.com Looks fun and playful, but the signs are there for a reason. As the Hawaii lifeguards say, "If in doubt, don't go out!"[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_229" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Kauai 1 for Spyder.com by BurningPier.com This long stretch of beach is great for hanging out, fishing, four-wheeling, and of course surfing...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_230" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Kauai 4 for Spyder.com by BurningPier.com The ancient lava peaks give this spot a Jurassic Park sort of backdrop[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_231" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Kauai 2 for Spyder.com by BurningPier.com Known in the winter for massive peaks, heavy rips, and big currents, you can catch fun days like this if you know the right swell and direction. But this one is still bigger than you think...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_232" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Kauai 3 for Spyder.com by BurningPier.com Check the person at the bottom right for a little scale. That's about an eight-foot face on a fast left hander. Water is 75 and no one is out...[/caption]

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Check out more Kauai and other Hawai'ian Island surf shots at BurningPier.com

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California Freakin' : Dane Zaun Blows Up

Last weeks' string of swells produced quality surf up and down Southern California. From reefs to new sand bars, everyone got their share.  Spyder team rider Dane Zaun was up to the task and his air antics were covered by many. Special thanks to surf photographer Peter Dive for this crisp sequence:

Dane Zaun photo by Peter Dive 1

Dane Zaun photo by Peter Dive 2

Dane Zaun photo by Peter Dive 3

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Scott Valor is a longtime friend of Spyder Surf and writes an occasional blog here and there.  Check out more Dane Zaun and others from this last string of swells at BurningPier.com .

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Kelly Slater Makes It 50! Wins Hurley Pro 2012...

Kelly Slater claimed his 50th World Championship Title by beating Parko at in clean Lowers a-frames at the 2012 Hurley Pro.

Enjoy these highlight photos by South Bay local (and Australian transplant) surf photographer Peter Dive:

slater photo by Peter Dive slater#2  photo by Peter Dive slater#3 photo by Peter Dive good morning san onofre photo by Peter Dive

 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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