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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.
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By Matt G
the old days - Been awhile since I have surfed the reef. I assume that access is still limited to owners and guests. Very difficult access from the north or south. We used to sneak thru the water drain that runs under the property. Chicks really thought that being a tunnel rat was very cool. Not a great wave but does have it's moments. The 70's were a good time in and around that area.
LAS GAVIOTAS - EVERYONE LOVES TO TALK CRAP ON SOMETHING GOOD. I THINK IT'S JUST PART OF THE WAY ARE BRAIN WORKS. GAVIOTAS ISN'T A SECRET BUT IT'S NOT LOWERS EITHER. I'VE SURFED IT WHEN IT WAS DOUBLE OVER HEAD AND I'VE TRIED TO SURF IT IN 8 INCH MUSH, BUT EVERY TIME I'VE LOVED IT. SURFING GAVIOTAS ISN'T ALL ABOUT AIRS, OR GETTING ALL SHACKED UP OR TOES ON THE NOES OR ANY OTHER CRAPPY MENUEVERS. IT'S ABOUT PADDLEING OUT AND LOOKING BACK AT THE BITCHIN LITTLE SURF COMMUNITY, WHERE THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE ARE JUST THERE TO GET WET AND DRINK A COUPLE BEERS WITH FRIENDS. SO WHEN COMING TO GAVIOTAS, FOCUS ON EPIC TIMES INSTEAD OF EPIC WAVES, AND IF YOUR LUCKY YA MIGHT GET BOTH...
las garbage'olas - Kook'koo'kooooooo!! The waves are shitty, the water's cold, and the line up looks like Huntington Beach pier! Straight longboard junk for the most part. Oh well. K38's just down the road, and Las Salinas Marina is within 15 minutes driving time.
Timing is everything - Surfing Gaviotas is all about timing. Summers have become a rat race, in and out of the water. However, we've had some of the most epic and uncrowded sessions (barring holidays) during the late fall and winter months. Overall, still a good vibe in the cccccooooold water compared to most other N Baja and So Cal spots. Pura Vida!
To Silver - The water is NOT WARM. Even in the summer the Humboldt current keeps this area in temps closer to central California than So Cal.
secret....? - OK lets look at this.... MEXICO, south of SO.CAL, warm water, popular for surfing, surfing community is growing exponentially, its more of a fad now.... and you expect it to be a secret? YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME! yea, we all would like it if it were just ourselves and 1 or 2 friends out there.... but lets get back to reality.... ITS NOT THAT WAY... now we all need to learn manners... and learn the rules... and hopfully with that in mind... YOU wont snake me our of MY wave... see you out there... =)
hurricane swell - Crowded yes but not in the mornings. Wake up early 6am and you will be the first out. I stayed here on a couple of huricane swells. Nice right point break. While i was out it ranged from crowded to over crowed. Nice place, i guess we have to except the fact that baja isnt a secret when it comes to surf any more.
By its too bad
message is out - assholes from all around come here and create a stale environment in the water. Strange when you consider that you pay to stay and its mexico on top of it. Not as fun as it use to be. The days of smiles are long gone - attitude central
Las Olas in Las Gaviotas - The waves in Las Gaviotas range from fun, longboard waves to rippable long point waves that can get to 150-200 yards long. While most surfers head for the cove, it can break on the Oeste (west) side on the right conditions. What's best is Las Gaviotas breaks year-round. I've been going down there for nearly 20 years (and just became a homeowner) and it's become one of my favorite breaks. A short drive (five miles and less) brings you to a handful of other breaks like K-38, Theresa's (El Morro) and Bus Stops in Califia
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