In Puerto we somehow came by a wonderful retro fish. The guy selling it was just to light for this full floater and wanted therefore to get rid of it. Perfect for Ben/Armin. The fish has got some nice, huge FCS FK-1 Fins, a purple leash, fitting to the mostly purple colour of the fish. The dimensions are 5”11’x22’x2.5’ and it surfs really, really well. You get just about every wave you are trying to catch, no matter how small it is, which is perfect for the current conditions here in Barra de la Cruz.
We were travelling with 3 boards and a 4th would have been too much, so we sold the bigger board of Bea, together with some spare fins, our old longboard bag and other stuff for waaaay to much money. It is sometimes nice that there are enough guys opening a surf shop without any knowledge about surfing…..
The journey from Puerto Escondido down to Barra de la Cruz was easy. First we had to take a bus to Huatulco. From there we had to take another bus heading for Salina Cruz. Firstly the busdriver didn’t want to let us get in because of the 7”1 surfbag, which was too big for his bus in his opionion. Luckily Mexicans are always trying to help. Some guys standing around noticed that we struggled getting a bus ride and were then messing around with the bus driver as long as it needed to get him to take the bag into the fond of his, anyway nearly empty, bus.
From the bus stop it needed a taxi ride to get down to Barra de la Cruz. We were directly heading to a place called Pepe’s Cabanas, which was recommended by a girl back at Hostal Buena Ronda. It sure is really nice, Pepe is a great guy always trying to help.
From Pepe’s it is a 20-minute walk down to the surf beach. You always need to pay 20 Pesos to get to the beach. Some sort of admission to keep the beaches clean and support the building of showers and stuff.
Paying 2$ is not a lot (in european means) to go surfing, but here in Mexico it is quite a lot of money. For 4$ you get a full menu or 3 beers. But paying this fee is so worth it! The beach is picturesque and the surf is awesome and the restaurant at the beach serves awesome food and surprisingly good coffee!
There is still no swell around at the moment but early in the morning the offshore wind helps building up the small waves getting in. With luck you get quite long rides, from the point down to the main beach. The line up is super relaxed, the level still high but it is sooo much more fun surfing this wave than sitting around at El Punto in Puerto Escodido. And it is a right-hander, too, like Chacahua. The paddle out to the Point is really easy, since you can do a lot of the way just by walking at the beach into a hidden beach behind some rocks. From there you just get sucked out by the rip close by the rocks. Not much padelling to get a great wave.
All in all the setup here in Barra de la Cruz is nice and fits us better than Puerto Escondido. We probably will stay another few days before heading to Guatemala, doing some touri stuff for about a week. And then it is not much longer until we meet some of our good friends in El Salvador. Guys we look forward seeing you down here!