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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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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 21° 30.948' N
Longitude: 105° 14.823' W

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 Access

go to tepic, a take a bus to san blas and then to matanchen it`s only ten minutes away.

English (Translate this text in English): go to tepic, a take a bus to san blas and then to matanchen it`s only ten minutes away.

English (Translate this text in English): go to tepic, a take a bus to san blas and then to matanchen it`s only ten minutes away.

English (Translate this text in English): go to tepic, a take a bus to san blas and then to matanchen it`s only ten minutes away.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name matanchen bay

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerPowerful, Ordinary

Normal lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)

Good day lengthExceptional (>500m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionLow tide only

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks

 Additional Information

you can use from a 5´8 to a 7´0 surfboard, san blas(rights and lefts) is hard when it grows there is the time to go to matanchen when san blas is big, it wont let you get in, so you have to go to the other beahes, (matanchen , platanitos, santa curz or stoners - rights), they are very close.

English (Translate this text in English): you can use from a 5´8 to a 7´0 surfboard, san blas(rights and lefts) is hard when it grows there is the time to go to matanchen when san blas is big, it wont let you get in, so you have to go to the other beahes, (matanchen , platanitos, santa curz or stoners - rights), they are very close.

English (Translate this text in English): you can use from a 5´8 to a 7´0 surfboard, san blas(rights and lefts) is hard when it grows there is the time to go to matanchen when san blas is big, it wont let you get in, so you have to go to the other beahes, (matanchen , platanitos, santa curz or stoners - rights), they are very close.

English (Translate this text in English): you can use from a 5´8 to a 7´0 surfboard, san blas(rights and lefts) is hard when it grows there is the time to go to matanchen when san blas is big, it wont let you get in, so you have to go to the other beahes, (matanchen , platanitos, santa curz or stoners - rights), they are very close.

Atmosphere

calm, friendly locals, really good food, a lot of mosquitos, but in good conditions it worth it
is hot in summer, very hot and some rain too, in december there is a nice weather but small waves. water cold in spring cause the
current of north but in general you only need a trunk and sunblock.

English (Translate this text in English): calm, friendly locals, really good food, a lot of mosquitos, but in good conditions it worth it<br />is hot in summer, very hot and some rain too, in december there is a nice weather but small waves. water cold in spring cause the<br />current of north but in general you only need a trunk and sunblock.

English (Translate this text in English): calm, friendly locals, really good food, a lot of mosquitos, but in good conditions it worth it&lt;br &#47;&gt;is hot in summer, very hot and some rain too, in december there is a nice weather but small waves. water cold in spring cause the&lt;br &#47;&gt;current of north but in general you only need a trunk and sunblock.

English (Translate this text in English): calm, friendly locals, really good food, a lot of mosquitos, but in good conditions it worth it&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;is hot in summer, very hot and some rain too, in december there is a nice weather but small waves. water cold in spring cause the&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;current of north but in general you only need a trunk and sunblock.

General

i like it very much i think people there is great and locals some are really good surfer, i mean with world competition level
its a great a place to beginners in december-febraury but in a good season it can take a shit out of you.and it helps you to work in your moves but in not a powerful wave, matanchen it is but when the season it`s on
but its long enough to get tired, and its a very good tube(rights)

English (Translate this text in English): i like it very much i think people there is great and locals some are really good surfer, i mean with world competition level<br />its a great a place to beginners in december-febraury but in a good season it can take a shit out of you.and it helps you to work in your moves but in not a powerful wave, matanchen it is but when the season it`s on<br />but its long enough to get tired, and its a very good tube(rights)

English (Translate this text in English): i like it very much i think people there is great and locals some are really good surfer, i mean with world competition level&lt;br &#47;&gt;its a great a place to beginners in december-febraury but in a good season it can take a shit out of you.and it helps you to work in your moves but in not a powerful wave, matanchen it is but when the season it`s on&lt;br &#47;&gt;but its long enough to get tired, and its a very good tube(rights)

English (Translate this text in English): i like it very much i think people there is great and locals some are really good surfer, i mean with world competition level&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;its a great a place to beginners in december-febraury but in a good season it can take a shit out of you.and it helps you to work in your moves but in not a powerful wave, matanchen it is but when the season it`s on&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;but its long enough to get tired, and its a very good tube(rights)

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By dan landavazo , 01-11-2009

easter break 1968 - 17 years old busted smoking at lupes first night after a day of great surf. Mazatlan police escorted us out of town one week and $1,500.00 later. South to the bay. Great surf and a trip that makes little boys grow up.

By Anonymous , 09-02-2009

Mateo - I remember you. I was in San Blas in early 70s. We spent many nites in the square. You lived in a small apt near the square. Mota and surfing ruled. Those were the days.Hope your well. I had so much fun in San Blas. Remember River mouth. Laos, Bimboya, Riccido. Tropical vistas from the old fort at sunset. Wish iI could turn back the clock!

By Mateo Gordon , 22-10-2008

Change was inevitable - Thanks to all of you for the update about San Blas and Matanchen....please send more info. I lived there in the early 70's/80's and agree those were the best winters of my life; but took it for granted now that I look at what it meant to me at 60 years old. It was bound to change. I also was there in the early 90s and it still had that community feeling. I can only imagine it now thanks to the internet and the plastic hip, show-off crap introduced to the area. I am so glad I knew it when it was at a lower scale, and when the surfing and mota was a real adventurous treat. Say hi to Don, as he and I were good pals back then.

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