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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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 The Ranch

Mexico, Guerrero

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 17° 54.987' N
Longitude: 101° 52.143' W

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 Access

The easiest way to get here, even if you've rented a suv, is to take a pancha (fishing boat) from one of the fishing villages north of Zihuatenejo. You can hire fishermen for very little

30 min drive north from Troncones...hard to find by car first time

English (Translate this text in English): The easiest way to get here, even if you've rented a suv, is to take a pancha (fishing boat) from one of the fishing villages north of Zihuatenejo. You can hire fishermen for very little

30 min drive north from Troncones...hard to find by car first time

English (Translate this text in English): The easiest way to get here, even if you've rented a suv, is to take a pancha (fishing boat) from one of the fishing villages north of Zihuatenejo. You can hire fishermen for very little

30 min drive north from Troncones...hard to find by car first time

English (Translate this text in English): The easiest way to get here, even if you've rented a suv, is to take a pancha (fishing boat) from one of the fishing villages north of Zihuatenejo. You can hire fishermen for very little

30 min drive north from Troncones...hard to find by car first time

DistanceDay trip

WalkLong walk (>30 mn)

Easy to find?Hard to find

Public access?

Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name El Rancho

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomBoulders

PowerFast, Powerful

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movement

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

Great spot! Easiest to come in on boat. drop off in water...hit big sets of 8-10' heavy walled waves...nice face! very fast...good for beginners too if you're ready to commit! There's a clear point, where you can choose lefts and rights...very clean wave!

English (Translate this text in English): Great spot! Easiest to come in on boat. drop off in water...hit big sets of 8-10' heavy walled waves...nice face! very fast...good for beginners too if you're ready to commit! There's a clear point, where you can choose lefts and rights...very clean wave!

English (Translate this text in English): Great spot! Easiest to come in on boat. drop off in water...hit big sets of 8-10' heavy walled waves...nice face! very fast...good for beginners too if you're ready to commit! There's a clear point, where you can choose lefts and rights...very clean wave!

English (Translate this text in English): Great spot! Easiest to come in on boat. drop off in water...hit big sets of 8-10' heavy walled waves...nice face! very fast...good for beginners too if you're ready to commit! There's a clear point, where you can choose lefts and rights...very clean wave!

Atmosphere

When you do see people here...they're surf-ready americans who won't let you near their waves...fairly "tourist" protected. But when there isn't anyone wet, it's a great fun place to practice and rip it up! It gets insane it is normaly bigger than most of the other breaks so if it gets to big you can go elswhere.

English (Translate this text in English): When you do see people here...they're surf-ready americans who won't let you near their waves...fairly "tourist" protected. But when there isn't anyone wet, it's a great fun place to practice and rip it up! It gets insane it is normaly bigger than most of the other breaks so if it gets to big you can go elswhere.

English (Translate this text in English): When you do see people here...they're surf-ready americans who won't let you near their waves...fairly "tourist" protected. But when there isn't anyone wet, it's a great fun place to practice and rip it up! It gets insane it is normaly bigger than most of the other breaks so if it gets to big you can go elswhere.

English (Translate this text in English): When you do see people here...they're surf-ready americans who won't let you near their waves...fairly "tourist" protected. But when there isn't anyone wet, it's a great fun place to practice and rip it up! It gets insane it is normaly bigger than most of the other breaks so if it gets to big you can go elswhere.

General

am going back in march, i must like it. Long or short board. you pick. bring food and drink if your going to stay awhile

English (Translate this text in English): am going back in march, i must like it. Long or short board. you pick. bring food and drink if your going to stay awhile

English (Translate this text in English): am going back in march, i must like it. Long or short board. you pick. bring food and drink if your going to stay awhile

English (Translate this text in English): am going back in march, i must like it. Long or short board. you pick. bring food and drink if your going to stay awhile

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The Ranch
De jboe
Mar 31, 2007
- Jeremy Boe writes:   I don't usually post this kind of thing but I gather from a message or two I've received that somebody actually reads these, so, in the spirit of public service etc...  If you're going to
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The Ranch
De ThirdCoastSurfer
Jun 19, 2006
BIG SURF - My Comments: Session Highlight: During mid day swell built up to about 15 to 20 ft faces Comment on Swell, Waves and Wind: Allaround great surf Techniques to improve: Bottom turns and barrel rides Air Temperature: warm Water Temperature: warm
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Viagem: Mexico, Troncones
De ThirdCoastSurfer
Do Jun 17, 2006 ao Jun 24, 2006
Biggest swell i ever surfed. Big northern blew threw with off shore winds surf was about 15 to 20 ft faces. We surfed the ranch and Manzanillo Point. Manzanillo PPoint was the biggest heaviest waves the waves broke on A rocky point and was only lefts
Mais...

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By jaxon , 15-07-2011

surfed it in summer - Best wave in zihuat. Hard to find in car. Fun, scattered peaks from the south broke up any crowd factor. Got blown out by noon (kinda like CA). Local mexicans were ripping pretty impressive. DO NOT EAT THE FOOD AT THE PALAPA - super unsanitary and you'll definitely get sick.

By Anonymous , 17-02-2009

Winter At The Ranch - Does anyone know if the ranch picks up northwest swell? I heard a rumour that the right can be just as good/long on the correct swells and time of year...wintertime I presume?

By Anonymous , 17-10-2008

The Ranch - I surfed it with my son in April 2005 and the crowds were not bad at all...maybe 15. We were there for two weeks and would go between Saladitas and the Ranch. It was overhead everyday. Some days were double overhead. Both are very good breaks. The locals were very friendly. You have to respect them. We became friends with them and shared a lot of waves. I rode a longboard and my son surfs a shortboard. Like anywhere you go, leave your valuables at the hotel. We stayed at The Inn at Manzanillo Bay in Troncones. I will go back.

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